LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's two oldest children made an appearance at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night during a tribute to their father.
Music stars Smokey Robinson, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, and Jennifer Hudson mingled their voices with a recording of the late king of pop in a musical tribute, while a special 3-D video clip Jackson made of "Earth Song" for use in his "This Is It" tour was shown.
Free 3-D "Grammy" glasses were distributed at Target stores nationwide so viewers could watch the show in 3-D from their living rooms.
Clad in black suits with red armbands, Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11 accepted their father's lifetime achievement award from Smokey Robinson.
"Through all his songs his message was simple: love. We will continue to spread his message and help the world," Prince said.
Sunday evening's Grammy Awards marked the first public appearance for Prince Michael and Paris since the public memorial service 12 days after their father's death last summer.
The children were originally going to take part in a much smaller Grammy event Sunday, at which they were going to accept their father's Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Instead, the children appeared on stage after a change agreed to by their grandmother and legal guardian, Katherine Jackson. Jackson's former manager, Frank Dileo.
The youngest of the three Jackson children, 7-year-old Blanket did not attend the awards show.
Michael Jackson was 50 years old when he died June 25, 2009, just two weeks before he was to begin the London concert series.
The Los Angeles County coroner ruled his death a homicide resulting from a combination of drugs.
Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been the focus of a criminal investigation, but no charges have been filed. Murray was with Jackson at the time of his death.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times