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Michael Jackson's Kids Accept Grammy. 01-02-'10

Michael Jackson's kids -- 12-year-old Prince Michael and 11-year-old Paris -- received a standing ovation when they took to the stage at the Grammy Awards last night January 31), accepting a Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of the King of Pop.

Prince said: "We are proud to be here to accept this award on behalf of our father, Michael Jackson. First of all, we'd like to thank God for watching over us for these past seven months, and our grandma and grandpa for their love and support. We would also like the fans. Our father loved you so much because you were always there for him."

Paris also spoke to the audience, saying, "We love you daddy."

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Paris and Prince Michael Jackson accept the Lifetime Achievemen award for Michael Jackson onstage during the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

He added, "Our father was always concerned about the planet and humanity. Through all his hard work and dedication, he has helped many charities and donated to all of them. Through all his songs, his message was simple -- love."

A musical tribute was also paid to the legendary singer, in which Celine Dion, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson sang one of his biggest hits 'Earth Song', accompanied by a 3-D mini-film which was created by Jackson as part of his planned 'This Is It' tour.

Source: Zimbio / Billie Jean

'This Is It' DVD Breaks Records In Japan. 01-02-'10

DVD's and Blu-ray discs of the Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" racked up $18 million in sales on the title's first day of release in Japan -- a new record, according to the Oricon rating service.

DVD's accounted for $11.3 million and Blu-ray discs $6.7 million on Jan. 26. This smashes the previous DVD opening-day record of $6.2 million held by the Hayao Miyazaki toon "Ponyo," which was the best selling DVD of 2009.

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that "This Is It" will not be available for rental on discs. But documentary will be run on pay TV services.

The documentary earned $58 million in theatrical release in Japan -- about 25% of its worldwide box office take.

Source: MJFC / Variety / Billie Jean

'We Are The World' Remake To Include 3x As Many Stars. 01-02-'10

We Are the World, the 1985 all-star anthem that raised funds for famine victims in Africa, will be re-recorded Monday in Los Angeles with a fresh batch of artists.

"We'll have three times as many people as we did the first time," says Quincy Jones, who returns as producer. Plans were already underway to mark the song's 25th anniversary, but the Haiti earthquake created an urgency and vital purpose. Proceeds will benefit relief efforts there.

Helping those in need "is why we did it in the first place, so why not do it now?" says Jones, who predicts the new version will have as much reach and fundraising success as its predecessor. "I have confidence, always. I'm so excited."

Lionel Richie, who co-wrote the song with Michael Jackson, will coach singers at Henson Recording Studios (formerly A&M) in the same studio where the original was taped. Music director/composer Rickey Minor is on board, and the project will be filmed. Jones says no participating artists will be identified until Monday.

"I'm planning to be there," Smokey Robinson revealed Saturday. "It's a wonderful idea, not only because it's needed, but as a tribute to Michael Jackson."

The song, he said, "will hold up forever."

Source: MJFC / USA Today / Billie Jean

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