A cursory three-second mention in the "In Memoriam" portion of the Grammy Awards is tribute enough for some artists. Michael Jackson is not some artists.
Instead, the Recording Academy has risen to the unenviable challenge of finding a way to pay sufficient tribute to the King of Pop on Jan. 31, celebrating the game-changing artist not only with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award but with all-star performances and a special 3-D film.
Hey, if it's good enough for Avatar (and Captain EO), it's good enough for Michael Jackson.
The film clip—which will be enhanced by special glasses fans can pick up for free at Target stores, but which will not be fuzzy for those without—was made by none other than Jackson himself and was intended to be shown during his ill-fated London comeback shows last summer.
The footage—which was to accompany his hit "Earth Song," and features a young girl walking through a forest which is then destroyed—may seem familiar to This Is It ticket buyers, as a portion of the clip was featured in the documentary. However, the full (short) video will be shown during the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, and will mark the first time a 3-D video has aired during any type of awards show ever.
Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Céline Dion, Usher and Smokey Robinson will all perform alongside the video, which will also feature Michael's voice. Members of the Jackson family are expected to be in attendance at the show, though producers haven't yet confirmed their attendance.