'I was mad that he was no longer with us,' says Celine Dion who is also honored to become part of Michael Jackson's tribute at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Celine Dion was honored to be part of the Michael Jackson tribute at the Grammy Awards - because she dreamed of performing with the King of Pop as a child. The Canadian singer admits her love for the "Thriller" hitmaker drove her to perfect her English, just in case she got to chance to team up with her idol - and performing with his voice at the Grammys was an overwhelming experience.
Dion joined Usher, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson for an emotional, show-stopping tribute to the late star - the quintet performed Jackson's "Earth Song" as the video to the song was shown in 3-D on a massive screen behind them.
And the "I Drove All Night" singer admits it was a "difficult" performance for her because she wanted Jackson to be there. She says, "I was mad that he (Jackson) was no longer with us and I wanted so much to make sure that his message... was going to be heard. All of us, we didn't really want to perform; we just wanted to carry his message. I was very honored that I was part of it. I will always love Michael Jackson very much."
And Dion admits the King of Pop's concert rehearsal film "This Is It" enraged her - because it made her realize she'll never get the chance to see the actual show. Jackson died a month before his comeback concerts in London were due to start.
She adds, "I thought at one point that Michael was sick and I said, 'Y'know, it's not fair to go through this, being sick like that,' but when I saw the movie I was very mad because he was in top shape and I was very mad that he was no longer with us."