Janet Jackson speaks at the BET Awards
About halfway through watching the BET Awards and its three-hour tribute to Michael Jackson on Sunday night, I started wondering how they would close the show.
After a few minutes of thought, I planned for a big "We Are the World" tribute. Nope. Not even close. We got something much better: Janet Jackson!
Making her first public appearance since Jackson's shocking death on Thursday (TMZ photos not withstanding), Janet remained strong as she thanked everyone in attendance at the BET Awards and elsewhere all over the world for their love and support. She was clearly upset, as you'd expect her to be. But it was the most touching moment of the night.
Here are a few quotes from Janet, with the full video below.
"My entire family wanted to be here tonight but it was too painful."
"To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family and he will forever live in our hearts."
Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo closed the show with a rendition of "I'll Be There," which was the second-most heartfelt moment of the night.
This second clip has most of the Janet speech, but it also has the entire "I'll Be There" performance from Foxx and Ne-Yo.