Michael Jackson to Win Posthumous Grammy

Leonard Cohen, Loretta Lynn and others also set to win award at January gala

By Edward J. Carr
|  Friday, Dec 11, 2009  |  Updated 4:30 PM EDT
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Life and Times: Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson is set to receive a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy this January.

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The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is set to win a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy in a special invitation-only event on Jan. 30.

The Agence France-Presse reports that Jackson is set to receive the award along with Leonard Cohen, classical pianist Andre Previn, country singer Loretta Lynn, trumpeter Clark Terry, blues musician David Edwards and singer-songwriter Bobby Darin. Jackson and Darin are the only two receiving the award posthumously.

"This year's honorees are a prestigious group of diverse and prominent creators who have contributed some of the most distinguished and influential recordings," Recording Academy president and chief executive Neil Portnow said in a statement.

Over his career, Jackson won 13 Grammys and scored 17 No. 1 singles in the U.S. His sixth album, 1982's Thriller, has sold more copies than any other album in the world.

Previous winners of the lifetime achievement award include David Bowie, Johnny Cash, James Brown, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

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