Wearing a red leather jacket, a single glove and white socks, BET Awards host Jamie Foxx set the tone for the awards show salute to the late Michael Jackson Sunday night.
Foxx hilariously recreated some of the King of Pop’s trademark moves from his classic street gang-meets-”West Side Story” “Beat It” MTV video.
When the moves inspired the crowd to get on its feet, Foxx chided part-time Atlantan Sean Diddy Combs, saying: “Do not sit down, Diddy. I will moonwalk all over your [posterior!].”
Added Foxx on Jackson’s legacy: “There’s no need to be sad. We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us. We just shared him with everyone else. Mike was Wesley Snipes and Chico Debarge.”
Atlantan Keri Hilson even emerged on stage with her pants rolled up to reveal Jackson-esque white socks while Atlanta singer Ne-Yo arrived on the telecast in a red sweater and classic horn-rimmed glasses (and sans his trademark hat) to perform an emotional rendition of the pop icon’s “The Lady in My Life,” the closing track from “Thriller,” the best-selling album of all time.
Producers ended the segment with a camera close-up on a Jackson-like black fedora resting on a floor by Ne-Yo and then, shockingly, a close-up on Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson unexpectedly seated in the front row dressed in all black with his trademark pencil-thin moustache seated next to family friend Al Sharpton.