Today in MJJ HIStory
1975 – The Jackson Five performed Dancin’ Machine , Moving Violation & Just A Little Bit Of You (by Michael) at “American Bandstand“
2009 – The BET Awards show was a tribute to the life of Michael Jackson.
Host Jamie Foxx said,
“We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us and we shared him with everybody else.”
The show was revised within three days of its airing on June 28, 2009, with several artists changing their original planned routine to sing many of Michael Jackson’s songs, including songs he sang as a member of The Jackson 5 as well as songs in his solo career. His father, Joseph Jackson, and former confidant, Reverend Al Sharpton were present as audience members throughout the show. Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson’s sister made an appearance at the finale of the show, and spoke briefly on behalf of the Jackson family. The show itself set an all-time ratings high with a 5.8 rating (over its previous high of a 3.7 rating) and overall saw a 61 percent increase over its 2008 broadcast.
These were the tributes to the King of Pop throughout the show such as:
New Edition gave tribute to The Jackson 5 by singing a mixure of “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, & “The Love You Save”
Host Jamie Foxx danced to “Beat It” and moonwalked across the stage
Ne-Yo sang Jackson’s “Lady in My Life,”
Ciara performed Jackson’s “Heal the World”,
Keri Hilson gave tribute by adding a few of his moves in her dance routine,
Beyonce singing a part of Sarah McLachlan’s song “Angel”, which was in memory of Jackson. Also, when she won the award for Best Female Artist, she dedicated it to Jackson, who she called her hero.
Marlon Wayans thanked said
“If there were no Jacksons, there would be no Wayans”
Then he thanked Joe Jackson.
When Lil Wayne won Best Male Hip Hop Artist, he said
“No one in this room would be here without Michael Jackson.
LeBron James thanked Michael Jackson saying “he did so much for basketball”.
Jamie Foxx took a part from Blame It On The Boogie & put it apart of his performance.
Alicia Keys thanked Michael Jackson for everything he has done.
During his performance, Drake said
“In memory of the King of Pop, lets have some fun yall.”
Maxwell sang Pretty Wings with a heavenly theme.
Janet Jackson paid tribute to her brother by giving a short, tearful speech to the audience at the awards, she said:
“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 the love, thank you for all of the support. We miss him so much. Thank you.”
Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx ended the ceremony performing the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There”.