[artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy the day before the Grammy Awards take place on January 30, according to a statement released by the organization. Jackson is one of seven musicians set to receive the honor, a list that also includes singer Bobby Darin, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, blues guitarist David “Honeyboy” Edwards, country legend and Jack White collaborator Loretta Lynn, composer Andre Previn and jazz trumpeter Clark Terry.
The awards will be handed out at the invite-only Special Merit Awards. Jackson was not eligible for any Grammy nods this year, although he won four American Music Awards posthumously.
And while no Grammy tribute to MJ had been announced at press time, at the junket for their A&E miniseries, “The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty”, the brothers responded with enthusiastic “Yeah!”s when asked if they’d like to be involved in such a tribute, should it take place.
“We’d just like to see exactly what went down in a great sort of tribute or whatever the plan is,” Jermaine Jackson added. “We want it to be real.”
If it occurs, the Grammy tribute would join a list that includes BET Awards shortly after Michael’s death, which saw sister Janet giving a brief speech
and musical tributes
; the 2009 Video Music Awards, where Janet
and Madonna paid tribute
to him via a performance and a speech, respectively; and on “Dancing With the Stars,” with his family in attendance.