Carrie Underwood, who was just announced as the national anthem singer for next week's Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, will have a chance to warm up on a very different nationally televised stage this Sunday. She's one of five performers paying tribute to Michael Jackson at the Grammy Awards. As she gears up to rehearse with Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion and Smokey Robinson, Underwood said she just hopes that the five of them can pay a fitting tribute to the late King of Pop.
"The Grammys obviously wanted to pay tribute to Michael Jackson and his music, so they wanted to do something that he was passionate about," the "American Idol" alum said. "So, they asked all of us, I guess five of us, to be a part of it. ... I've met Usher. Obviously, I've met Jennifer Hudson. I think I've met all of them actually, but I don't think I've ever sang with any of them, so I'm really very excited to be even considered in that group of names."
The tribute will include never-before-released footage from Jackson's 3-D movie "Earth Song" that was intended to be seen on his This Is It tour last summer. CBS, which airs the Grammy Awards, has teamed up with Target to provide free 3-D glasses to those who want to view the footage in 3-D at home. They will be available until January 31 at Target stores. This is the first time an awards show has broadcast a segment in 3-D.
"Hopefully, [the tribute performers are] people that he respected and liked," Underwood said. "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."
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