'Dreamgirls' Songwriter Talks Oscars, MJ

Black Academy Awards Series: Two-time nominee Siedah Garrett on songwriting and her kinship with Jackson.

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SG: He's everywhere, you know. His energy and his music is pervasive in my life. He never really goes away, so I think about him all the time. But it's not as constant as it was when he first passed. I released a song last year in honor of Michael because I never got a chance to tell him when he was alive how much I appreciated his impact on my life and his introducing me to the world as an artist to pay attention to. And Michael was a great artist. He drew and painted. Very few people know about that.

TR: You've worked with some great people, but is there anyone you'd like to work with who you haven't already?

SG: Prince! I want to work with Prince! I want to work with Prince! He's, like, the guy. [But it hasn't happened yet because] Prince doesn't write with anybody. Prince does what Prince wants to do. He's not a co-writer, so I don't know how that's going to happen, but I want to collaborate with him on some level.

I have no idea how it's going to happen, but chile, I didn't know I was going to meet Michael Jackson, either, so I just put it out there. That's all I can do is put it out there. Where did I get the audacity to think I would meet Michael Jackson, let alone sing with him and write for him? Hello?!

Previously in the Black Academy Awards Series: Louis Gossett Jr. on Post-Oscar Heartbreak.

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