The star-studded BET Awards got under way without “the greatest star in the world,” Joe Jackson, father of the late Michael Jackson, said on Sunday night.”I wish the world had recognized him when he were living,” Joe Jackson told CNN’s Don Lemon outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

“Right now he’s bigger than ever. But I wish he was here to see all this, to hear all this,” Joe Jackson said. When asked about circumstances surrounding his son’s death, he said, “I have a lot of concerns but I can’t get into that. … I don’t like what happened.”


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