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New Edition at 2009 Bet Awards (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) The show opened with the footage of Michael Jackson and James Brown on The BET Awards.

Followed by a medley of The Jackson Five's "ABC" and performed the group " New Edition" AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Host Jamie Foxx came out in full Michael Jackson's 's "Beat it" outfit with a red leather jacket, white socks, and the silver glove.

He managed to do some pretty good dance moves.

He even "feigned" MJ's signature leaning and wind blowing scene.

Foxx recounted the time he saw Michael Jackson at the stadium in Texas 1984.

He said he was dressed as Jackson in his moonwalking boots mesh shirt and a geri curl ( california curl).

He said Michael entered the stage to gotta be starting something with the wind blowing and grown white men even fainted.

he said wearing those tight NJ pants he now understands my Michael grabbed his crotch so much.

said Foxx " I need some room for this Boa" Then he said he was going to try some thing he hadn't done since 1993 and he moonwalked across the stage to "Billie Jean" Tyra Banks presented Best male athlete award to L.A.

Lakers Star Lebron James who said in his acceptance speech" My heart and prayers go out to the Jackson family" Then next award she gave was for "Best male Hip Hop" to Lil Wayne who said None of us would be in this room with to "Michael Jackson".

The beautiful Keri Hilson performed her hit in a cropped hairdo,Jackson-esque outfit complete with black loafers, and many Jackson dance moves.

Ne-Yo took center stage with a beautiful ballad "The lady in my life".

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Ki Ki Palmer, Bobby J Thompson and Anthony Anderson entered the stage, and Palmer belted out a fabulous rendition of Jackson's "who's loving you and Thompson showed off his Jackson dance moves.

What started out as Jackson's "Blame it on the boogie" turned into Jamie Fox and T-Pain" high voltage song a "Blame it on the alcohol" Foxx even rocked out on an electric guitar during the number and threw it across stage!The stage light up with fireworks during Soulja Boy's " Tell em" in which he left the stage toward a female fan in Black and white checkered outfit.

She ws very excited until he passed her by for Kanye West.

Soulja's performance was followed by Chaka Khan giving her sage advice to Estella and Latoya Loften before an award presentation to Jamie Foxx and T-Pain for Best Collaboration.

Foxx said "Music is everything to me", T-Pain " Thanks to the haters"..." You're the reason I do it".

The trio then presented the award for Best male R& B to Ne-Yo who said " I want to thank God"..." Thank you to BET and the fans.." Jamie Foxx (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Then Beyonce appeared backlit, in a sheer flowing gown with looking like an Angel.

She was then transformed into a bride/ butterfly like creature, while snowflakes fell past her for a hauntingly beautiful medley of "Ava Maria" (in Italian) and "The arms of the Angels" Beyonce (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) The mood was lightened up with a movie preview of the new comedy Skank-movie.

I tried to look it up and found nothing so I suspect it was a spoof but it sure looked funny! An act called "Mary Mary" hit the stage with their uplifiting song "God in me" and were joined by none other than beautiful "Queen Latifah herself.

Star trek fans were thrilled to see the new Star Trek's "Ohura" Zoe Saldana and Michelle Nichols give the Best actress awards to Taraji P.


She said " As artists we touch millions, as you know Michael Jackson has touched the work and made it easier for all of us to be the artists that we are."The award for best new artist went to Keri Hilson who glammed up in a stunning gown after her earlier performance.

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Hilson " This is a testament to the fact that dreams do come true" .

Next the audience was entertained by a performance by Ne-Yo in his collaboration with Foxx and Fabulous .

Keith Sweat,Guy, Bell Biv Devoe brought the audience to it's feet "old schoo"l with renditions of " I wanna", "I like it", " That girl is poison".

The act chosen to follow them was the Real Housewives of Atlanta with Ray Jay.

Mike Epps of the film "Hangover" and Paula Platin upcoming film "Precious" presented the next performers Keyshia Cole and Monica .

Keyshia Cole & Monica (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)They recognized Mayor James Young for overcoming many conflicts as a black man to become a successful Mayor .

Marlin Wayan's, and Jeremy Piven gave paid their respects to Mr Jackson who was sitting front and center to give tribute to his son Michael Jackson .

Joe Jackson and Rev Al Sharpton (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) The Best female R& B artist was awarded to Beyonce, who teared up as she raised her award and said "This is to you Michael Jackson " I have to thank Michael.

for being my teach and my hero."Foxx came up behind her and escorted her into the front row.

Said Fox: "Something crazy's about to happen"...."Just follow me....

it's not gonna hurt" .

He shouted "Everybody get up!" and introduced Beyonce's husband Jay-Z and his hard hitting, high energy performance.

The popular group "Day 26" introduced legendary Don Cornelius of " Soul Train" who also acknowledged " "The immortal Michael Jackson".

He announced the Lifetime achievement award to the O'Jays said Cornelius "They embody everything that is black America" They are the actual soundtrack of the black experience".

R& B singer Tevin Campbell took the stage to give a tribute performance of to the O'Jays, joined by many other artists in a song and dance performance of an O'Jays medley.The crowd went crazy when the O'Jays came to accept their award who as a group thanked God, their fans and BET.

The to prove they still have what it takes they took the stage to performa a flawless set of some of their greatest hits.Debra Lee Chairman of BET also paid her respects to Mr.

and Mrs Jackson.Lee: " When we heard the news of Michael's Jackson's passing on Thursday we knew immediately we were going to have to change the nature of this show.

WE put this show together in a matter of 3 or 4 days." "It's truly been a labor of love for us because Michael Jackson was so important to our world to our country and to our network.""Michael jackson is a Global Icon who has left an undeniable legacy, and indelible imprint on all who loved him.

He was often imitated but never duplicated." "Yet like a comet blazing cross the evening sky, he shined shining brightly in the evening sky..

he was gone too soon."Guiness World book of records lists Jackson as "the most charitable star in history".

She said the two nominees for Humanitarian relief award had been inspired by Jackson's example of giving.

Alicia Keys who has been helping in Africa, and WyClef Jean who has been aiding his home country of Haiti.

The first award was presented to Alicia Keys who said " I feel so honored to be here tonight".

She quoted Maya Angelo who said " You shouldn't go through life with catchers mitts on both need to throw back." he has inspired me to use music to in a way that serves the world.

Then and gave out her plea to the audience and viewers to text the word ALIVE to 90999.Wyclef Jean was also awarded The Humanitarian relief award for his efforts in Haiti.

Jean: "I want you all to know the most important thing.""The most important thing...I come From a hut.

From a hut I went to the projects, from the projects I went to a mansion.

So you out there you have absolutely no excuse"Award for viewers choice went to T.I,Ft, and Rihanna for Llivin my life".

The video of the year award went to Beyonce for "Put a ring on it".

She thanked the viewers for making their own versions of the video and making it such a success.

R & B singer Maxwell who has a new album coming out had the ladies all swooning during his performance.

Toward the end of the show there were also performances by Drizzy, and Lil Wayne,and many more stars.Perhaps the biggest moment of the night was when a beautiful Janet Jackson dressed completely in white entered the stage.

Jackson: " My entire family wanted to be here tonight, but it was just too painful, so uh they elected me to speak with all of you ..and I'm going to keep this very short and I'd just like to say that 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 thank you so much.

Her touching speech was followed by a duet of Foxx and Ne-yo singing Michael Jackson 's hit "I'll be there .

The song and it's sentiment brought the audience to tears, and to its feet in a standing ovation.

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