2009 MTV Video Music Awards

2009 MTV Video Music Awards
ESSENCE.COM Sep, 13, 2009

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Janet Jackson headlined the VMAs with a special performance of “Scream” and dance tribute dedicated to her late brother Michael.

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The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off the ceremony with a special tribute to the late King of Pop Michael Jackson, who is seen on the big screen in the video for “Scream” featuring baby sis Janet Jackson.

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Kayne West steals the shine of country singer Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video to let her know Beyoncé deserved it for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

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Lady Gaga’s theatrical performance of her smash “Paparazzi” was more disturbing than artistic, but her talent and swagger can’t be denied.

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Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler joins Sean “Diddy” Combs, who pretends to look perplexed when the mention of Kanye West’s name draws jeers.

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Singer Ne-Yo and actor Chace Crawford introduce Beyoncé for her much-anticipated performance.

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Beyoncé give the crowd what they want during a lively performance of “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

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Lady Gaga accepts the award for Best New Artist from Eminem and Tracy Morgan.

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Serena Williams introduces Pink, but not before sharing some self-deprecating humor about “crossing the line” in reference to her own outburst during a U.S. Open match over the weekend.

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After winning the Moonman for Best Music Video for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyoncé invited Taylor Swift to complete her acceptance speech that Kanye West rudely interrupted.

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Alicia Keys does her thing onstage during her performance of “Empire State of Mind” with Jay-Z.

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The night’s finale performers, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, kill it onstage with a tribute to the great city of New York.

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Michael Jackson’s dad, Joe Jackson, attends the awards to witness the special tribute to his late son.

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Beyoncé is fire-engine hot on the red carpet.

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Jermaine Jackson is on hand to witness MTV’s Michael Jackson tribute featuring baby sis Janet Jackson.

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Kanye West gives Papa Jackson some dap during the show.

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Alicia Keys struts her stuff at the awards.

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Singer Sean Paul looks “So Fine” and cool on the red carpet.

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Kanye West holds on tight to his main squeeze Amber Rose on the red carpet.

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“90210” hottie Tristan Wilds delivers urban-meets-schoolboy charm chic.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs and Dirty Money group members Dawn Richardson, formerly of Making the Band’s disbanded Danity Kane, and songwriter Kaleena work the red carpet.

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Singer Keri Hilson takes the deep plunge in this revealing number.

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Singer Amerie, whose album drops in November, is stunting in her winged dress.

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Cassie beams on the carpet.

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Solange Knowles blossoms in this asymetric number which complements her short-cropped coif.

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Singer Sean Kingston poses with a mini me of himself at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet.

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Djimon Hounsou and Kimora Lee Simmons are smitten with one another and don’t have a problem showing it.