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BET Awards Show Pays Tribute To Michael JacksonSave Email Print0 commentsA | A | ALOS ANGELES (June 29, 2009)--BET Awards show producers managed to weave in a bit of Michael Jackson into just about every minute of the broadcast Sunday night.Besides the direct tributes, even when performers were doing their own material, they make it clear that Jackson inspired much of what they did.

While Keri Hilson performed, chants of "Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson" were heard from the audience.

When Jamie Foxx performed his hit "Blame It," he worked in part of the Jackson' hit "Blame It On the Boogie." Foxx also wore several of the outfits Jackson made famous in his videos, including a red leather jacket from "Beat It" and the black leather outfit from "Billie Jean." New Edition performed several of the Jackson 5's biggest hits.

Ciara sang "Heal the World" in a jacket that had epaulets on the shoulders, just as many of Jackson's did.When Beyonce won her award for best female R&B artist, she held up her trophy and said: "This is for you, Michael Jackson."When Lil Wayne got his award for best male hip-hop star, he said: "We all know none of us in this in this room wouldn't be here for Michael Jackson."When LeBron James won for best male athlete, he said his "heart and prayers go out to the whole Jackson family." "Soul Train" founder Don Cornelius, making a rare appearance on TV, said his thoughts were with the Jackson family.And even as they received a lifetime achievement honor at the BET Awards, lead singer of the O'Jays Eddie Levert talked about how much he'd miss Jackson.BET Award WinnersMale R&B Artist: Ne-Yo.Female R&B Artist: Beyonce.Group: Day 26.Collaboration: "Blame It," Jamie Foxx featuring T-Pain.Male Hip Hop Artist: Lil Wayne.Female Hip Hop Artist: M.I.A.New Artist: Keri Hilson.Gospel Artist: Mary Mary.Video of the Year: "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," Beyonce.Video Director of the Year: Benny Boom.Actor: Will Smith.Actress: Taraji P.

Henson.Female Athlete: Serena Williams.Male Athlete: LeBron James.Centric Award: Jazmine Sullivan.Viewer's Choice Award: "Live Your Life," T.I.Humanitarians of the Year: Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean.Lifetime Achievement Award: O'Jays.More StoriesDiane Keaton Takes A TumbleImpressionist Fred Travalena Dead At 66Jackson Finished Video Production Before He DiedBET Awards Show Pays Tribute To Michael JacksonServices Pending For One Of Early TV's Biggest Stars"Transformers" Tops Weekend Box OfficeMusicians Show Support For Iranian ProtestersFormer "Idol" Contestant Promotes His HometownPost Your CommentsFirst Name:Location:Enter Comments:characters leftEmail (optional):By posting this comment I have read and agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy:You must agree to the Terms of Service to continue.
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