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Michael Jackson 3D film to be shown at Grammys

Michael Jackson
Jackson was booked to play 50 nights at London's O2

A 3D film due to be used in Michael Jackson's planned comeback gigs in London is to be screened as a tribute to the singer at this year's Grammys.

The footage was to be shown during Jackson's performance of Earth Song at the O2 shows, which were due to begin in July. The singer died on 25 June.

Singers including Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson will perform alongside the clip on 31 January.

It shows a young girl wandering in a forest, which is then destroyed.

The film is intended as a warning about the dangers of global warming.


A portion of the footage was first shown in This Is It, the documentary following Jackson's preparations and rehearsals for the London gigs.

This Is It
This Is It is the film of Jackson's gig rehearsals

"There are these incredible images of the beauties of nature," said Grammy's co-executive producer Ken Ehrlich.

"They are seen through the eyes of a little girl and that girl falls asleep and, when she wakes up, she is witness to the destruction of nature."

Ehrlich said he was with Jackson on the night before his death when the singer viewed the 3D footage for the first time.

He said Jackson had been moved to tears.

Jackson will be honoured with a lifetime achievement award during the show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which will air live on US network CBS.

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