Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" in 3D Tribute on Grammy Awards

Sneak peek at the "Earth Song" 3D mini-film on the Grammy Awards.

A mega-hit across Europe in 1995, reaching No. 1 in the UK, selling a record-breaking million copies - Michael Jackson's "Earth Song" was never released in the US. It will finally get its chance to be heard here when featured as part of a tribute to the late entertainer on the Grammy Awards this Sunday, January 31. A star-filled lineup will sing along to the haunting environmental song with a special 3D mini-film to accompany the performance. Created specifically for the sold-out "This Is It" show scheduled last year in London before his death, the above 30-second excerpt doesn't quite show Jackson's stand on the planet. So what was wrong with using the original powerful "Earth Song" music video? "Was Michael Jackson the World's Biggest Environmentalist?" Treehugger asked last June on his passing. It's great that the Grammy's will feature this song when posthumously presenting his "Lifetime Achievement Award." The segment will feature a curious assortment of singers: Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, and Usher with the film projected on a giant LED screen, also showing photos of Jackson during the homage.

"What about sunrise? What about rain? What about all the things/That you said we were to gain?" -- Michael Jackson

Pretty glitzy presentation with lots of over-the-top voices and not as effective as his music video, shot in four locations - the Amazonian Rainforest, Croatia, Tanzania, and the US, released off his HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I album. Though seven minutes long, parts could have been converted to 3D. Take a look for yourself, watch through the end credits, and compare to Sunday's salute. Jackson and the concert producers, no doubt, wanted to give British audiences something they hadn't seen already, since it was his biggest hit there. You can get a pair of Grammy 3D glasses this weekend at Target free-of-charge.

Musicians continue to take a crack at an effective environmental anthem, but Jacko did it. So now it's time for Epic/Sony Records to release "Earth Song" in the US with proceeds going to an environmental foundation in Jackson's name? That's a fitting, timely and meaningful tribute to his legacy.

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