Jacksons Reunite At BMI Urban Awards
September 5, 2008 at 6:06 AM (PT)
THE JACKSONS were crowned icons at the BMI URBAN AWARDS, but the King of Pop was absentee.
JANET JACKSON presented her music-making brothers, MICHAEL, TITO, JACKIE, MARLON, JERMAINE and RANDY with the lifetime achievement BMI Icon award following a musical tribute at the award show celebrating R&B and hip-hop's top hitmakers. While TITO, JACKIE, MARLON and RANDY reunited THURSDAY to accept the award, JERMAINE and MICHAEL didn't attend the WILSHIRE THEATRE ceremony.
Where was the MOONWALKER?
"I don't know," MARLON told THE ASSOCIATED PRESS before the show. "I think he's in EGYPT riding a camel or something."
"It's a great honor to know your music influenced a generation," said TITO. "We're very proud of this moment."
Other BMI URBAN AWARD winners included SOULJA BOY, POLOW DA DON, RODNEY JERKINS and DJ MONTAY. Song of the year was awarded to NE-YO, ESPEN LIND and AMUND BJORKLUND for "Irreplaceable." JONATHAN "J.R." ROTEM, KANYE WEST and T-PAIN were honored as producers of the year. T-PAIN was also selected as songwriter of the year. UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP was given the publisher of the year award.