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Janet Jackson pays tribute to Michael at MTV’s VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards began Sunday night live at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson, starring his little sister.

Madonna appeared on stage alone to open the tribute to the late King of Pop, citing the similarities between the two. She also related a 1991 dinner date with Jackson.

“I tried to get him to eat french fries, drink wine, have dessert and say bad words,” Madonna recalled. Later,  the singer related: “The witch hunt began and the roar of the lynch mob was heard. I had abandoned him; we had abandoned him. We were all busy passing judgement.”

Recalling the glory days of MTV (when they actually broadcast videos, after all), the telecast cut to the network’s legendary Apollo rocket blast off  moon landing sign-on with original MTV VJ Mark Goodman’s voice-over announcing: “the world premiere of ‘Thriller.’ ”

The stage then ignited with Jackson’s classic video recreated by dancers on stage, followed by “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal.”

And then part-time Atlantan Janet Jackson, clad in a tight black and white outfit, took to the stage live to re-create “Scream,” her  classic duet with her big brother. Only this time, she was singing Michael’s part and impressively recreated the dance moves from the video as Michael gyrated on a video screen behind her.

The crowd responded with a standing ovation.

7 comments Add your comment

Chante

September 14th, 2009
12:29 am

Janet was excellent. Madonna said what we all knew, that people passed judgement and abandoned him. That was so hypocritical given the excesses of Hollywood. Glad Madonna put it out there. Michael put MTV on the map and they treated him badly.

iluvmichaeljoesphjackson

September 14th, 2009
2:51 am

i am soooo happy madonna said that. she said it like it is. michael was ridiculed since the day he was born by the media and some of his family. now he can rest and peace and know that despite the craziness, we do love michael and will make sure his memory lives FOREVER!!!!! JANET DID EXCELLENT ALSO!!!

deb

September 14th, 2009
7:21 am

It is too bad that a show where a wonderful tribute to a great performer was planned was ruined by the pig of a host. Get rid of him No one wants to hear him!

TOes

September 14th, 2009
8:44 am

only thing that would have made the intro better was getting Madonna and Beyonce up there to dance too!

im with you Deb…Russell Brand is a rude & crude idiot-he kept yelling in the mic…dude, we can hear you!…and then Kanye walking up to Taylor Swift and saying that Beyonce was better….well to some that may be true, but you sir are RUDE and OBNOXIOUS. One day people are going to turn their back on you because they will get tired of you antics. Look at Taylor, hugs and graciousness have gotten this 19 year old a LONG WAY. And when was your last album on a country chart?

ConcretelyAmbiguous

September 14th, 2009
10:41 am

Shirl

September 14th, 2009
12:41 pm

Janet Jackson did an awesome tribute to her brother Michael. It was the best part of the whole show. I was appauled by Russel Brand and Kanye West. The Michael Jackson tribute was the only reason I watched.

J. Smith

September 14th, 2009
1:33 pm

@ Shirl “ditto”