Just a few weeks back, the Consumer Electronics Show introduced the world to the expensive new 3-D televisions we'll soon be socially pressured into buying. But the Grammys are looking to get the 3-D home-entertainment revolution kicked off a little early: The awards show, going down in L.A. on January 31, is planning a three-dimensional tribute to Michael Jackson.
The centerpiece will be a video for “Earth Song,” originally produced for Jackson’s London concerts (and seen briefly in This Is It), which is, appropriately in these post-Avatar times, a 3-D call to arms for the preservation of the environment. (By the way, you can get 3-D glasses at your neighborhood Target between January 24 and the 31.) Grammys co-executive producer Ken Ehrlich says, “There are these incredible images of the beauties of nature, and then they are seen through the eyes of a little girl, and that girl falls asleep and when she wakes up, she is witness to the destruction of nature ... It's all about questioning what our values are.” Also, Usher, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Smokey Robinson will be performing alongside the video, but they will not be in 3-D.
Wait, wait, wait — so all we’re really getting is a preachy, not-new music video and Carrie Underwood in regular-ass 2-D? The phrase “3-D tribute to Michael Jackson” sounded a lot more exciting a few minutes ago, huh?