The BET Awards are this Sunday, and to commemorate the life of one of music’s greatest icons, the ceremony will open with a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Producer of the 2009 BET Awards (and former manager of Michael Ron Weisner) says the awards will include surprise guests as well. He said in a statement, “Michael was the greatest entertainer of our generation. Those pieces of work changed the landscape. When we took the Billie Jean video to MTV, they declined to play it at first. They had never played a black artist. They started airing it after a lot of pressure from Columbia Records. That opened the door. It was the greatest move Michael made.”
Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO of BET, echoed Weisner’s sentiment, saying, “Michael’s influence is felt every day in so many ways at BET Networks, and it’s been that way throughout our network’s entire 29-year history. We watched him grow up, and he truly feels like he is a member of our family. He will be missed more than we can say… but his legend and memory live on in the artists, musicians, producers, dancers, fans, and everyone else who looks to him for inspiration.”
“Our annual BET Awards show, scheduled for this Sunday in Los Angeles, is dedicated to Michael Jackson and will pay tribute to his legacy. All of us at BET Networks send our thoughts and prayers to the Jackson family.”
Jamie Foxx will host the show. We’re sure this will be a very touching tribute. We’re anxious to see who the surprise guests are. Tune in Sunday June 28th at 8PM.