Then for the shocking finale, Jackson's two eldest children, Prince Michael and Paris, accepted the Grammys' Lifetime Achievement on their father's behalf. (Michael's youngest son, Prince II aka "Blanket," remained backstage.)
Smokey said he was honored to be a part of the tribute. "I hope that people were listening to even more so than seeing," Robinson said to press backstage. "This is it for us. We need to be aware of what we're doing and do something about it before it's too late."
The most moving part of the song was its climax, when each of the performers had a moment to get front-and-center and belt. Hudson shined here, as it was a gospel moment that suited her well. Underwood also captured the passion of the record.
After the performance, Lionel Richie, who introduced the performance, announced that Jackson's children and their cousins (Tito Jackson's sons) would be accepting their dad's award.
Seeing Jackson's kids walk out was emotional. It was sad because seeing them reminded me of their daily struggle of coping with their father's death. But seeing them was also a joyous experience because they looked vibrant and beautiful. He would be proud.
They appear to have matured so much since we last saw them at the memorial in July. But even more impactful was their composure and strength.
"[We] like to thank the fans, our father loved you so much," Prince Michael said. "Our father was always concerned about the planet."
Prince Michael added that his father's music had a universal theme of love. "We will continue to spread his message," he said.
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