The 2009 BET Awards Show Honours Michael Jackson

by Gary Ewer, from “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website:

The 2009 BET (Black Entertainment Television) Awards were handed out last night in Los Angeles. The show was completely refashioned as a Michael Jackson homage, complete with wardrobe and musical tributes to the King of Pop.

Probably the most surprising aspect of the spectacle was the fact that this show was pulled together in mere hours, and was stunningly successful. Hosted by Jamie Foxx, it was the feel-good celebration of a lifetime, where thousands of people refused to let shock and sadness eclipse a joy-filled acknowlegement of one of the most spectacular musical careers of the modern era. Jackson’s music and wardrobe figured prominently in the stars’ performances, interspersed with teary testimonials to Jackson’s influence on the industry.

And so who were the winners?

Centric Award – Jazmine Sullivan
Best Male R&B Artist – Ne-Yo
Best Female R&B Artist – Beyonce
Best Group – Day 26
Best Male Athlete – LeBron James
Best Female Athlete – Serena Williams
Best Male Hip Hop Artist – Lil Wayne
Best Female Hip Hop Artist – M.I.A.
Best Collaboration – Jamie Foxx F/ T-Pain “Blame It”
Best Actress – Tarji P. Henson
Best Actor – Will Smith
Best New Artist – Keri Hilson
Best Gospel Artist – Mary Mary
Video Director Of The Year – Benny Boom
Viewers Choice – T.I. & Rihanna “Live Your Life”
Video Of The Year – Beyonce “Single Ladies”
Humanitarian Awards – Wyclef & Alicia Keys
Lifetime Achievement Awards – The O’Jays

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