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Ne-Yo, Recording Academy's Neil Portnow on Michael Jackson

June 25, 2009 |  4:36 pm

Neyo150 Through a publicist, R&B singer Ne-Yo issued a statement in the wake of Michael Jackson's death:

“Michael Jackson will live forever through the thing that he put all of his life energy into: his music.  I will do my part to keep the melody alive, to keep the energy forever changing form, but never ever dying!! Long live Michael Jackson.”

Neil Portnow, president and chief executive of the Recording Academy, the organization that produces the Grammy Awards, just released his remarks on Michael Jackson's death:

"Rarely has the world received a gift with the magnitude of artistry, talent, and vision as Michael Jackson.  He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and sheer star power carried him from childhood to worldwide acclaim. A 13-time GRAMMY recipient, Michael’s career transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always keep him in our hearts and memories. We are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our hearts go out to his family and to music lovers around the globe who mourn this great loss."

-- August Brown

Photo: Ne-Yo. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times