Recording Academy on MJ -- 'True Musical Icon'

6/25/2009 7:20 PM PDT

Recording Academy on MJ -- 'True Musical Icon'

TMZ just received the following statement from The Recording Academy -- the people behind The Grammys:

"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 claim.

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."

-Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy