"I'm 90 percent sure that Michael Jackson will make an appearance at the Grammys," my pal Diane Dimond told me today. The renowned investigative reporter sure knows her stuff about Jacko, having specialized in tracking his scandal-plagued career, summing it all up in her recent book "Be Careful Who You Love" (click here). "I've heard that he's going to be there, but I'm not sure if he's going to perform or just make an appearance" at the awards gala at L.A.'s Staples Center on Feb. 10, she adds.
At her blog DianeDimond.net , she explains, "Seems the brain trust at Sony-BMG is pulling out all the stops to help its one time mega-star re-enter the pop music scene. The occasion is the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s biggest album ever — one of the music world’s most lucrative successes ever — 'Thriller.'"
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"Thriller," by the way, holds the record for winning the most Grammys in a single year (8 in 1983). Jacko shared in seven of those victories for himself. That same year, he won an additional trophy along with Quincy Jones for best children's recording ("E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial"), which brought his personal tally to 8, which set a new record for individual artists in a single year. Both records were tied by Santana and its "Supernatural" CD in 1999.
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