Paris Jackson, the 18-year-old daughter of the late Michael Jackson, hit the Grammy Awards red carpet wearing a multicolor embroidered Balmain jumpsuit with platform sandals by the brand and jewelry by Kimberly McDonald.
The star, who introduced The Weeknd’s performance, switched into a custom Jeremy Scott gown for the actual show. Jackson, who said she hasn’t decided whether or not she wants to follow in her famous father’s footsteps and venture into music (“I’m not sure yet. I guess we’ll find out.”), collaborated with Scott and her stylist Sonia Young to develop her look for the show.
“I feel so blessed and grateful to be here tonight with you all,” Paris said from the stage.
She continued, “A legend once said that a star can never die. It just turns into a smile and melts back into the cosmic music, the dance of life. The artist about to take the stage is a shining star whose cosmic style has embraced the very roots of music from R&B to soul to hip hop and now pop music.”
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The actress/model last graced the Grammys stage in 2010 when she and her brother Prince, 19, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of their late father, music legend Michael Jackson. The superstar racked up 13 Grammys before his death in 2009.
“I was really nervous. I made eye contact with Beyoncé,” Jackson said on the carpet about her experience accepting the award on behalf of her father. “I almost peed myself I was so excited.”
Paris Jackson spoke out about her father’s passing in a recent in-depth interview with Rolling Stone, revealing that she believes her father was murdered. She also said she partially blames Dr. Conrad Murray —the physician who was convicted of manslaughter after he gave Jackson the last dose of propofol that ended his life — but believes there was a deeper conspiracy at play.
“He would drop hints about people being out to get him,” she said of her late father. “And at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day.’ ”
When asked whether she believes her father was the victim of a heinous crime, she replied “absolutely.”
the craftsmanship of tattoos will always be a controversy. some people like them, some people absolutely hate them. i appreciate art, i always have. especially when that art means something to me. today i can look at my inner forearms and see art that has meaning for me, i don't see a dark past anymore. my scars and past of self-hatred have been covered by loving marks, creativity, ingenuity.. and depth. sure i will always carry my past with me, but i see ink as a way of changing for the better, always improving. they represent strength for me. i look back at my old self and then i look in the mirror, and i see a fighter looking back at me. i'll always keep fighting, and encouraging others to stay strong. we all go through hell every now and then but it makes us the warriors of love we were meant to be. so to anyone struggling, it gets better. you're not alone.
In an attempt to keep her father’s memory alive, Paris wears her dad’s rope-and-jade bracelet, which he was wearing at the time of his death.
“It still smells like him,” says Paris, who also has tattoos honored her dad.
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Paris also still makes it a priority to return to her childhood home in Santa Ynez, California, to the compound her father named Neverland Ranch. She posted a photo to her Instagram during an October visit that shows her and then-boyfriend Michael Snoddy feeding their “new friends” — a few llamas named Rickie, Survivor and Kyle.
“Felt so good to be home even for a little bit,” she captioned the photo.
She and Snoddy split earlier this month after less than a year together, but a source cautioned PEOPLE that “circumstances could change” and the pair could reunite.
Meanwhile, Paris’ career is just taking off.
The teen is set to make her acting debut on Lee Daniels’ Fox music drama Star in an episode airing later this season. She will play Rachel Wells, a “young, super-chic, stylish, and intimidating social media guru” who lords over a publicity shoot of the girl group and maneuvers Star (Jude Demorest) and Eva (Sharlene Taulé) into “pushing some boundaries.”
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