BET Awards celebrate Michael Jackson Monday, Jun 29 2009 

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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BET Awards honor Michael Jackson’s legacy Monday, Jun 29 2009 

LOS ANGELES – The BET Awards became the official Michael Jackson TV celebration on Sunday, with joyous tributes to the King of Pop from a New Edition medley of Jackson 5 songs to host Jamie Foxx’s tender monologue delivered in that classic red leather zipper jacket and white glove.“No need to be sad. We want to celebrate this black man,” said Foxx, who kicked off the show with a re-enactment of the choreography from Jackson’s iconic “Beat It” video in front of the star-studded crowd, on its feet from the start of the show.

As the show ended, Jackson’s sister, Janet, took the stage to speak on behalf of her grieving family and thank fans for their love and support.