Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Michael Jackson axed from the Grammy Awards after making “diva-like” demands

Michael JacksonMichael Jackson was axed from the Grammy Awards after making a series of outrageous, "diva like" demands, it has been claimed.

The 49-year-old former King of Pop - who was scheduled to appear at the ceremony earlier this month for a tribute marking the 25th anniversary of his album 'Thriller' - allegedly infuriated event bosses by insisting the whole evening be dedicated to his career.

Jackson is believed to have asked the show's presenters to refer to him as 'The King of Pop' at least 30 times throughout the night.

He also wanted a new award to be created just for him and presented to him by an honoree of his choice, according to the New York Post newspaper.

Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich, who had been desperate to get Jackson to appear at the show, is said to have retracted the invitation when the demands got too out of control.

Jackson had been hoping to promote his re-released version of 'Thriller' - entitled 'Thriller: 25th Anniversary' which features collaborations with stars including will.i.am and Kanye West.

The album went on sale the day after the Grammy Awards on February 11.

By Owen Williams, Feb 19 2008 © Copyright 2008 - Showbiz Spy

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