Legendary musician Smokey Robinson was “really proud to do anything to pay tribute” to Michael Jackson, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Smokey told HollywoodLife.com backstage at the awards on Jan. 31. “Michael was my little brother and I’m really proud to do anything to pay tribute to him.”
He also spoke about the heartfelt acceptance speech his children, Paris and Prince Michael gave. Prince Michael 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 our Grandpa for their love and support. Our father was always was concerned about the planet and humanity. His message was simple: Love. We will continue to spread his message and help the world. Thank you. We love you, Daddy.”
Paris followed by saying, “Thank you, we love you, Daddy.”
“His kids were the icing on the cake, because they gave you the view of him, through their eyes, letting you know he was a great guy. He was their dad. He was their connection to life itself. It was beautiful,” Smokey said.
He added, “I think that I was as moved as everyone else was. I think everyone was. Most of the people did not expect them to be there, but them being there was not as impactful as what they said.”
Smokey told us, “I’m really proud to celebrate Michael Jackson. The song that was performed [Smokey performed Michael’s “Earth Song” along with Celine Dion, Usher, Carrie Underwood, and Jennifer Hudson] has such a great message for all of us. I hope that people were listening, more so than singing. This is it for us. We have no where to go, right now. We need to take care of this”