The Yeah! hitmaker joined Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and Carrie Underwood to perform Jackson’s Earth Song at the annual awards ceremony.
Jay-Z was watching from the audience at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre –– and he predicts a groundbreaking future for Usher.
He tells Access Hollywood, “I thought the Michael Jackson tribute was fantastic and I thought Usher was doing a magnificent job.
“I think he’s… He’s one of the guys that’s in line to, you know, fill those huge shoes. I don’t wanna put that pressure on him, but I think he’s one of the guys that’s in line to do that.”
Michael Jackson was the subject of an elaborate tribute that included a 3D mini-movie that had been designed for his This Is It tour, which he was set to embark on before he died.
The movie, featuring a child basking in the beauty of nature, interspersed with classic shots of Jackson, was set to the King of Pop’s “Earth Song”.
Jackson’s eldest two children Prince Michael (12) and 11-year-old Paris Katherine took to the stage to accept their father’s Lifetime Achievement Award following the performance. –– Digitalspy.