Michael Jackson and a tribute ceremony in his honor dominated the BET Awards on Sunday night.
Joe Jackson, the father of the 50-year-old pop legend, who died of a
suspected cardiac arrest last Thursday, was one of the first to
pay homage to his son, speaking about him on the red carpet at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium.
He said: "I wish the world had recognised him when he was living. Right now, he's bigger than ever. But I wish he was here to see all this, to hear all this."
Stars like Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean, and Ne-Yo also mentioned the late King of Pop. Ne-Yo's rendition of Michael's hit Lady In My Life brought Joe to tears, while Ciara covered Heal The World.
There was so much emphasis on Michael and his extraordinary life, we almost forgot it was an awards show! Check out the list of winners below and let us know what you thought about the show.
BET Awards 2009 complete list of winners:
Video of the Year: Beyonce, 'Single Ladies'
Best Male R'n'B Artis: Ne-Yo
Best Female R'n'B Artist: Beyonce
Best Male Hip-Hop Artist: Lil Wayne
Best Female Hip-Hop Artist: M.I.A.
Best Gospel Artist: Mary Mary
Best New Artist: Keri Hilson
Best Group: Day 26
Best Collaboration: Jamie Foxx/T-Pain, 'Blame It'
Best Video Director: Benny Boom
Viewers' Choice Award: T.I. (featuring Rihanna) 'Live Your Life'
Best Actor: Will Smith
Best Actress: Taraji Henson
Female Athlete of the Year: Serena Williams
Male Athlete of the Year: LeBron James