Michael Jackson’s Children To Appear At Pre-Grammy Event

Paris and Prince Jackson expected to accept Lifetime Achievement Award for their father at Special Merit Awards ceremony Saturday.

Two of [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist]‘s three children, Prince and Paris, are rumored to be making an appearance at the Grammys’ Special Merit Awards ceremony in Los Angeles to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award for their father, CNN reports. The ceremony will be held Saturday night, the night before the Grammy Awards, which will feature a [news id="1630036"]tribute to the late King of Pop[/news].

As of now, Blanket is not expected to take the stage with his older siblings, but sources close to the Jacksons tell CNN that may change. “The whole world is waiting to see these children blossom,” Brian Oxman, a lawyer for Joe Jackson, said.

This would mark the first public appearance from the Jackson kids since their father’s memorial service last summer, during which Paris spoke movingly about missing her father. CNN disputes reports that the children will sing and dance at the show. A video of the award presentation is expected to be shown at the Grammys.

The Jackson children will be joined by his mother, Katherine. Sources say that his father, Joe, will not be in attendance, reportedly because he is angry about the behind-the-scenes decision to have the children appear at the awards show. According to CNN, the children were asked to accept the award earlier this week after Katherine complained that no Jackson family members had been invited.

On Sunday, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion and Smokey Robinson will pay tribute to Jackson during the Grammy telecast in a segment that will include never-before-seen footage from Jackson’s 3-D film “Earth Song.” “Hopefully, [the performers are] people that he respected and liked,” Underwood said about the tribute . “I’m just honored they asked me. Of course, we said yes before we knew the details. I’m there, and I think it will be a really cool moment on the show.”

Stick with MTV News all week for our coverage of the 2010 Grammy Awards. We’ll have reports on your favorite nominees, party photos, behind-the-scenes video and much more leading up to and during the big show Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.