BET Awards Feature MJ Tributes
June 29, 2009 at 4:57 AM (PT)
It was a non-stop standing ovation for MICHAEL JACKSON and his legendary career at the BET AWARDS '09, as host JAMIE FOXX and a legion of A-list stars paid tribute to "The King of Pop" with special performances, emotional testimonials about what JACKSON meant to them. Set against a backdrop of images of the JACKSON 5, NEW EDITION -- BOBBY BROWN, JOHNNY GILL, MICHAEL BIVENS, RICKEY BELL, RONNIE DEVOE and RALPH TRESVANT -- reunited for a performance of JACKSON 5 songs, including "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "The Love You Save."
In a surprise appearance, DON CORNELIUS, host and creator of SOUL TRAIN, spoke about the contributions of THE O'JAYS, the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. TEVIN CAMPBELL, JOHNNY GILL, TYRESE and TREY SONGZ all performed to honor THE O'JAYS' musical career.
In an emotional end to the BET AWARDS '09, JANET JACKSON made an appearance on behalf of the JACKSON family to thank fans for their support. And for the finale, host JAMIE FOXX and NE-YO brought the evening to a close with a touching duet, singing the JACKSON 5's "I'll Be There."
In addition to all of these incredible moments, a number of awards were given out at the BET AWARDS '09 including:
* Best Male R&B Artist: NE-YO
* Best Female R&B Artist: BEYONCE
* Best Group: DAY 26
* Best Gospel Artist: MARY MARY
* Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: M.I.A.
* Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: LIL WAYNE
* Best New Artist: KERI HILSON
* Best Collaboration: JAMIE FOXX f/ T-PAIN - Blame It
* Viewer's Choice: T.I. f/ RIHANNA - Live Your Life
* Video of the Year: BEYONCE - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)