2009 BET Awards

2009 BET Awards
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 26, 2009

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Last night’s 9th Annual BET Awards show was a celebration of the life and legacy of pop icon Michael Jackson. New Edition opened the show with a Jackson 5 medley.

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Host Jamie Foxx kicked off the show with a hilarious bit dedicated to the King of Pop.

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Beyoncé wowed the crowd with a performance of “Ava Maria.” B took home awards for Best Female Artist and Video of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).”

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Keyshia Cole and Monica were in the building. The two performed “Trust,” a cut off Cole’s “A Different Me.”

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Keri Hilson reacts after winning the award for Best New Artist. The ATL singer-songwriter rocked a solid performance of “Knock You Down” and closed out her set with a nod to MJ.

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Mary Mary and Queen Latifah rocked the house with an uplifting performance.

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Ciara works a haute Michael Jackson-inspired jacket as she makes her way inside the BET Awards. The ATL native sung Michael’s touching anthem “Heal the World.”

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Surprise guest Jay-Z ripped through his new joint “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune).” Look for “Blueprint 3” to do big things when it drops September 11.

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Joe Jackson was on hand to represent the Jacksons. Janet later came out to say a few words on behalf of the family: “Michael may have been a pop icon to all of you, but to us he was our brother, and we miss him.”

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Tyra Banks presents LeBron James with the Best Athlete award. The NBA star sent his condolences to the Jackson family during his acceptance speech.

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In an emotional moment, Janet Jackson speaks on behalf of her family, and thanks fans for their support during the passing of their brother and the world’s icon, Michael Jackson.

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The boys are still looking good. Bell Biv DeVoe gets a sneak peek at the new “DJ Hero” at GBK’s Gifting
Lounge at the 2009 BET Awards.

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Is spinning the records in Ciara’s future? Maybe so as she gets a sneak peek at the new “DJ Hero” while attending the 2009 BET Awards.

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Eva Marcel can’t believe how good she is on the new “DJ Hero” at GBK’s Gifting Lounge at the 2009 BET Awards.

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Is this your favorite song, Ginuwine? He’s enjoying the festivities at the Gifting Lounge at the 2009 BET Awards.

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Jimmy Jean-Louis of “Heroes” gets a sneak peak at the new “DJ Hero” while attending the 2009 BET Awards.

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Johnny Gill can still get women to put on their red dress and slip on those high heels.

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Keri Hilson takes a spin on the new “DJ Hero” at GBK’s Gifting Lounge.

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Ne-Yo gets a $2,500 diamond watch by Lex Diamonds at GBK’s Gifting Lounge at the 2009 BET Awards.

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Tevin Campbell shows off his blinged-out cell phone by Posh Life at
GBK’s 2009 Gifting Lounge at the BET Awards.

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