January 31st, 2010
11:03 PM ET

Smokey Robinson speaks on the Michael Jackson tribute

Smokey Robinson took the stage with Usher, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson during the Grammys tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

"Michael Jackson was the best we've ever seen," Robinson said. "There will never be another Michael Jackson."

Certainly, he acknowledged, "the show business community is a very small community with a lot of great young talent out there today," but, nonetheless, "Michael Jackson was an only!"

While he was "very surprised to see Jackson's kids," Robinson added that "them being there is not as impactful as what they said."

On Monday, numerous musicians are getting together to record the 25th anniversary version of "We Are the World," with all of the proceeds going towards Haiti.

"The new 'We are the World' song is very special," Robinson said. "Not quite sure what to expect, but it's going to be big. There are no veterans on this new song. All new artists and there will be 100 them."


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  1. Desiree Monrial

    i think i know what you are talking about! I would do the same thing like i would cry if i heard him saying how much he cares about our planet!He said in his true feelings about trying to save the planet!i like the way he says that!i also like the he uses his words like that!P.s. every night night now ever since the day he died i would pray for him and my great grandma!Also i would dream about him& think about him for at least trying to save the planet!one more thing i will always remember him!!He will always be in my heart!Also i will never forget him!never ever!

    July 26, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Desiree Monrial

    i think i know what you are talking about! I would do the same thing like i would cry if i heard him saying how much he cares about our planet!He said in his true feelings about trying to save the planet!i like the way he says that!i also like the he uses his words like that!P.s. every night night now ever since the day he died i would pray for him and my great grandma!Also i would dream about him& think about him for at least trying to save the planet!one more thing i will always remember him always!He will be in my heart always!Also i will never forget him!never ever!

    July 26, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Marcia

    At the Grammys I was VERY DISAPPOINTED on the tribute for Michael Jackson. As one of his many fans I think they should of played his short film of the Earth Song so we could listen to HIM sing.
    I think the meaning of this song was ruined by the other artists who sang for him. I wanted to listen to Michael Jackson only!!!!!!!!!!
    In this short film you capture his true feelings about the planet and his meaningful words. It shows trees being chopped down in the Rain Forest, also the starving people in the world, also the elephants that lay dead because someone wanted the tusks. MJ even gets down on his hands and knees and digs in the dirt with his bare hands. You can hear it in his voice and actions how much he cared about the planet, his true feelings as he sang. It moved me so much that I cried. It was so touching that he cared so much.
    His family may have liked it played too.
    L-O-V-E Is what Michael Jackson was about.
    R.I.P. MJ I LOVE AND MISS YOU-YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE ON IN YOUR MANY, MANY CD'S AND DVD'S. L-O-V-E GOD BLESS MJ

    February 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Harry

    I haven't watched the Grammys for many years. It just seems to have little to do with "music" anymore. I will make my annual 5 min. pilgrimage and turn on the Grammys just to see if anything has changed. This year, I see some lady hanging over the crowd and spraying water all over them. I can't take it. It is truly nauseating. I remember the Grammys from the 70's when an artist simply came out and sang their song. Now every year someone has to "outdo" the previous year with some theatric. What does this have to do with music? Next year will be the same. "How can I outdo Pink from last year so eveyone will talk about me???". Just get up there and sing....oh if you can. It doesn't seem to be a pre-requisite anymore

    February 2, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rose

    "Michael's miracles are happening. It might take some of us more time to understand; but the world has been shaken and his life and death are teaching us still."

    Sheryl, your thoughts are so true.

    February 2, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. HeyYouGuys

    I agree etc. The majority were fair weather friends. No one was there during the trial, but now that it's cool and profitable to LOVE MJ. ALL ABOARD.

    February 2, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sheryl

    Michael's miracles are happening. It might take some of us more time to understand; but the world has been shaken and his life and death are teaching us still.

    February 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. etc

    Where were all of these people when Michael was facing all his legal problem's. The only person in entire Industry who stood up for him for Elizabeth Taylor. The rest of them all are fake's and good time friends.

    February 1, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lorraine

    God Bless you all for the Tribute to Michael Jackson.
    I am touched and also a long time fan of Smokey Robinson.
    Smokey will be 70 this February 19th, 2010 and to see him paying tribue to his little boy Michael was very heart warming to me.
    I am 55, close to Michaels age.
    He will go down in history with his music, and his beautiful children leading a glowing path for their father.
    How I wish we all could have said goodbye.
    Just remember "Time Flys when Your Having Fun." Stop and smell the roses!!!

    February 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SJ

    Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Beyonce & a 3-D tribute to a dead guy.......yeah quality television there. Just another reason NOT to watch any award shows. The only reason these stupid shows are still on TV is because people are stupid enough to watch them.

    February 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nenecats Houston

    I also agree with all of you. Jon, your comment on Lady Gaga was
    priceless. The whole show was a huge disappointment. Who put
    this thing together? I could have done a better job. At least I love
    music.

    February 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A

    I agree with all of you...I'm still trying to wrap my brain around the whole Taylor Swift thing...BUT good for a lot of us, she won't be around for long....at least I'm hoping. I did not watch her performance but later heard it on the radio...umm Wow, Album of the year?! C'mon! It's your time to shine and we get that? And the MJ 3-D show was a huge disappointment! They hyped that up more than the movie and the movie I thought was fascinating! I loved it! Good thing I have that to watch! So far the best tribute was Janet's tribute on the AMA's.

    February 1, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jon

    Lady Gaga looked like she had a piece of the Aggro Crag from Nickelodeon's game show Guts on her head. Does she thrive on attention? "Hey everyone, look at me... I am dressed like Mount Everest."

    February 1, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pat

    The whole show was sub par, what a disappointment, from the unlikely mucical act pairings to MJ's bought kids. Barf. It should have been called the Beyonce & Taylor show & one half hour.

    February 1, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sigrid

    Boy you are right Odette, i too think that Taylor Swift can't sing. She is a good songwriter though. I heard that she has written all of the songs on her new album. I just wished someone else woud sing them.

    February 1, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  16. Odette

    I don't understand the hoopla about Taylor Swift. Her voice is annoying! She does not deserve the Album Of the Year award at all. The essence of the prestigious Grammy has lost.

    February 1, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  17. Debra R

    I am wondering why Celine and Carrie were up there...it would have been nice to see Jackson's contemporaries up there, or his brothers....Jackson stated out as a tennybopper and was successful in making the transition to adult...so why not Diana Ross? Why not Paul McCartney? Heck Donny Osmond would have been more appropriate than Celine and Carrie....

    February 1, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  18. Julie

    And Taylor Swift just SNATCHED Album of the year from Beyonce!

    January 31, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  19. kathi

    The tribute video & song were excellent. Smokey & others were very good, but what was Celine Dion doing up there? Surely there were better choices. By the way, celebs look just as geeky in 3D glasses as the rest of us.

    January 31, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |

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