Sunday night’s 9th Annual BET Awards is sure to be filled with tributes to Michael Jackson, whose videos and performances were a staple for the network.
BET has already paid tribute to the singer, going wall-to-wall with Jackson videos Thursday night. BET CEO Lee said the show will be dedicated to Jackson and will also pay tribute to his legacy. Many of the celebrities scheduled to attend the show were also fans of the singer and it is expected that the night will provide an opportunity for them to salute the star.
“Words cannot capture the impact Michael Jackson has had on pop culture around the world,” said Debra L. Lee, chairman and chief executive officer of BET Networks. “He changed the way we hear and feel and move to music; he epitomized what true musical talent and star power really mean. He is and always will be the King of Pop.
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,” she said. “We watched him grow up and, like everyone around the world, he 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.” The BET Awards is scheduled to run live on the cable network Sunday at 8 p.m.