Is Michael Jackson going to show up at the Grammys? Perhaps! Reporter Diane Dimond, who released a book on Jacko’s molestation case last year, is still hearing Jacko-related news, and she says that according to some memo traffic leaked her way, Sony-BMG is “pulling out all the stops to help its one time mega-star re-enter the pop music scene.” And since the 25th-anniversary version of Thriller comes out on Feb. 12–two days after NARAS’ big 50th-anniversary show–what better way to celebrate than with the onetime King Of Pop showing up in some capacity?
“On top of all the fantastic new tracks there are many things in the works that we are going to do to make 2008 truly the year of THRILLER,” according to the SONY-BMG memo traffic. Specifically mentioned: Grammy involvement (as in Michael Jackson will appear – and maybe sing?) – A planned TV special (featuring just Michael or the long discussed reunion with his brothers?) and potential live shows. Hmmmmmm. Wonder what they mean by that and who might be scheduled to perform at these live shows? Watch for involvement with YouTube, Facebook, iLike, iTunes, I’ve learned.
Dimond has since told the LA Times‘ Tom O’Neil that she’s 90% certain that Michael will show up at the awards ceremony, although whether or not he’ll sing is still up in the air. Last time he showed up at an awards show, the results were, well, somewhat awkward, but part of me is holding out hope for Michael to return to his former glory, and maybe start off his comeback slowly–perhaps by lending a few “mama se, mama sa”s to Rihanna and the Time’s performance of “Don’t Stop The Music,” and keeping Fergie and will.i.am far, far away.