By Thomas Freeman
LOS ANGELES (RPRN) 6/29/2009–BET broadcasted their 9th annual award show last night (June 28) live from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. Jamie Foxx was the host of the 3 plus hour show and the major theme was a tribute to the brilliant career of the king of pop Michael Jackson.
The show was re-organized in just a four day period to include special guest comments and tributes to the recently deceased entertainer. Michael’s dad, Joe Jackson, was in attendance and his sister Janet came at the finally saying she had been chosen by the family to appear and thank the fans and BET for all their support.
Performers at this year’s awards included Beyonce, Maxwell, Kanye West, Ne-Yo & Fabolous, Jay-Z, Mary Mary featuring Queen Latifah, Keyshia Cole & Monica, Soulja Boy, Keri Hilson, Ciara, Drake, Lil Wayne and Young Money as well as old school performers; The O’Jays, New Edition, Guy and Bel Biv Devoe.
Lil Wayne picked up the award for Rapper Of The Year and T.I. and Rihanna won for Best Collaboration, although neither was there to accept the award. Other winners included Beyonce, Day26, Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo and Lebron James, Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean.
The show was preceded by a two hour episode of 106 & Park that featured performances by Hurricane Chris, Day26 and others as well as red carpet interviews. The pre show was hosted by 106 & Park regulars Rocsi and Terrance and the red carpet interviews were performed by former top model contestant and Black Carpet host Toccara Jones.
Source: YO! Raps Magazine
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