Michael Jackson‘s children, Prince and Paris Jackson, accepted a lifetime achievement award on behalf of their late father at the 2010 Grammy Awards Sunday night. Wearing red sashes on their arms in honor of their father, Paris and Prince received the award to a standing ovation from the audience.
“We are proud to be here to accept this award on behalf of our father, Michael Jackson,” Prince said. “First of all, we’d like to thank God for watching over us for the past seven months. And our grandmother and grandfather for their love and support.”
“We would also like to thank the fans. Our father loved you so much because you were always there for him. Our father was always concerned about the planet and humanity. Through all his hard work and dedication, he’s helped with many charities and donated to all of them. Through all his songs his message was simple: love. We will continue to spread his message and help spread the word. Thank you. We love you, Daddy.”
Paris closed out the speech with a simple, but heart-rending message. “Daddy was supposed to be here, Daddy was gonna perform this year,” she said. “He couldn’t perform last year. Thank you, we love you, Daddy.”
Katherine Jackson, mother to late pop icon Michael Jackson, is raking in the cash from her son’s estate. Court documents released Thursday showÂ Michael’s mother is receiving over $85,000 a month in payments from the estate for her and her grandchildren. Michael Jackson’s three children were granted an additional $60,000 per month in support.
These monthly allowances for Katherine Jackson and the kids is just the tip of the iceberg. Court documents also show their expenses charged to the estate total hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Although Michael Jackson was notoriously in debt to a number of creditors when he died, the court says the late singer’s estate is worth over $500 million and is currently solvent. Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson’s three children were named as the primary beneficiaries in his will, along with several unnamed charities.
79-year-old Katherine Jackson was named the official guardian of Michael Jackson’s three children – Paris, Prince and Prince Michael II, also known as Blanket – by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff after his death.
Michael Jacksonâ€™s ex-wife Debbie Rowe has been granted visitation rights for the two children she birthed while she was with Jackson. While Jacksonâ€™s mother, Katherine Jackson, will retain custody of all of her grandchildren, Debbie Rowe will have full visitation rights with 12 year-old Prince Michael I and 11 year-old Paris Katherine. Rowe reportedly did not receive any money as part of the custody deal.
Michael Jackson requested that his mother be granted guardianship of his children after his death. Rowe abandoned her parental rights for the two eldest children in 2001, although she regained a portion of them several years later. Despite rumors that Rowe was prepared to â€œbattleâ€ for custody of her two birth-children, she is reportedly pleased with the final custody arrangements.
â€œI am encouraged by the way things are working out,â€ Rowe said in a radio interview with KNBC News on Thursday. The custody settlement will go before a judge for approval next week in Los Angeles. Rowe does not plan to attend. A child psychologist will be on hand during Roweâ€™s visits with the children and will be paid for by both Rowe and Katherine Jackson. Rowe reportedly asked for the psychologist to assist during her visits to help the children adjust to spending time with her.
â€œMrs. Jackson and the family are pleased this matter is resolved and was handled in a caring, thoughtful and courteous manner by the parties and their representatives,â€ Katherine Jacksonâ€™s attorneys said in a press statement.
Meanwhile, the investigation into Michael Jacksonâ€™s death continues. The release of Jacksonâ€™s autopsy results have been indefinitely delayed while police probe into the pop iconâ€™s medical history and drug use. The offices and home of Michael Jacksonâ€™s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, were searched under warrant earlier this week.
In warrants filed on Thursday to authorize a search of Murrayâ€™s office in Nevada, the documents stated there was probable cause Murray was excessively prescribing substances to a â€œdrug addictâ€ â€“ namely, Michael Jackson.