Michael Jackson,This Is It

Sony Pictures

Michael Jackson might be dead, but he's already one Grammy up on Taylor Swift this year.

The late King of Pop was top name announced today as a recipient of a special Lifetime Achievement Award to be bestowed in the run-up to next month's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. It will be the 14th Grammy of his storied career. (And it might not stop there: the soundtrack to This Is It will be eligible for the 2011 awards.)

Jackson joins the equally deceased Bobby "Mack the Knife" Darin, as well as the very-much-alive Leonard Cohen, Loretta Lynn and conductor André Previn among the honorees.

The special statuettes will be presented at an invite-only ceremony on Jan. 30, a day before the big show airs on CBS.


Get the latest on the Grammy nominations here and check out the contenders in our gallery below.

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