AceShowbiz - 2009 BET Awards indeed paid tribute to %cMichael Jackson% as many of its invited guests, including %cNe-Yo%, remembered the late singer through their on-stage performances and monologues. The gala ceremony started with %cNew Edition% singing a medley of songs by %cJackson Five%.
Then, the show continued with %cJamie Foxx% appearing on-stage, donning a red jacket and white gloves. Along with three female dancers, he danced to the late singer's 1983 song "Beat It", and managed to moonwalk. He also shared memories of Michael in a humorous way.
Next performances were %cKeri Hilson% and Ne-Yo. Keri delivered "Turnin' Me On" and "Knock You Down", while Ne-Yo sang "The Lady in My Life" from Michael's 1982 studio album "Thriller" which is claimed as the best-selling album of the time.
Moreover, %cAnthony Anderson% and %cKeke Palmer% took the stage and performed their cover version of Jackson Five's "Who's Loving You". Jamie appeared once again, this time accompanied by %cT-Pain%, and made a duet with him on single "Blame It". During the set, %cBlink-182%'s drummer %cTravis Barker% joined them.
Other singers rocking Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on June 28 during the awards were %cBeyonce Knowles%, %cDrake% and %cJay-Z%. Beyonce sang her own song "Ave Maria" and %cSarah McLachlan%'s track "Angel". She dedicated the latter song for Michael Jackson. Meanwhile, Drake performed "Best I Ever Had" and "Every Girl" with %cLil Wayne%, and Jay-Z brought his new song "D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)".
Aside from having those stars, 2009 BET Awards was also attended by Michael's father Joseph Jackson and his singer sister %cJanet Jackson%. While Joseph only sat on the audience seat, Janet walked onto the stage with Jamie, sharing with audience what Michael meant to his family. "To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family," she said to the crowd.
New Edition singing a medley of Jackson Five's songs:
Jamie Foxx dancing to "Beat It":
Ne-Yo singing "The Lady in My Life":
Beyonce Knowles singing "Ave Maria" and "Angel":
Jay-Z singing "D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)":