Janet Jackson takes to the stage as BET Awards become Jacko tribute show
Members of Michael Jackson’s grief-stricken family joined the star-studded line-up at the 2009 BET Awards on Sunday night, as the evening became a tribute to the King of Pop.
In the first public appearance since her brother’s death, Janet Jackson briefly took to the stage to deliver a moving speech at the Shrine Auditorium.
Honouring her older brother, she told the crowd, ‘My entire family wanted to be here tonight but it was just too painful, so they elected me to speak to all of you.
‘I’m going to keep it very short. To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family. And he will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family, and myself, thank you for all of your love. Thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much.’
Janet was joined by her father, Joseph, while a Jackson Five melody was performed, and host Jamie Foxx took to the stage performing Jackson’s signature Moonwalk.
The evening attracted a host of stars, including Beyonce, who glittered in a Balmain minidress, before taking to the stage in a billowing bridal gown to perform Ave Maria and a cover of Sarah McLachlan’s Angel.
Mrs Jay-Z reportedly changed her choice of tracks at the last minute, so that she could dedicate her performance to Jackson.