News: BET Awards 2009 Pay Tribute to MJ, Beyonce & Jay-Z Heat Up The Stage [Video]

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 11:13PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hip-Hop super couple Beyonce and Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter ignited the BET Awards 2009 ceremony Sunday (June 28) night along with performances by Lil Wayne, Drake, Ne-Yo and more.

Taking place in Los Angeles, California, Beyonce led the evening in awards followed by a variety of other winners.

Beyonce won Video of the Year for "Single Ladies" and Best Female R&B Artist, Ne-Yo won Best Male R&B Artist, Lil Wayne snagged Best Male Hip-Hop Artist, Day26 won Best Group, Keri Hilson walked away with Best New Artist as T.I. and Rihanna won Viewer's Choice for "Live Your Life." Additional winners included Jamie Foxx and T-Pain's "Blame It" securing Best Collaboration, Taraji P. Henson winning Best Actress and LeBron James landing Male Athlete of the Year. (BET Awards 2009)

Additional awards were also given throughout the evening.

Meanwhile, The O'Jays, Alicia Keys and Wyclef Jean were handed special awards. The O'Jays got Lifetime Achievement Award for their notable contributions to music industry, while Alicia and Wyclef received Humanitarian Award for their contributions to charitable causes. (AceShowbiz)

In honor of Michael Jackson, the show paid homage to his legacy and featured various aspects of his image and career.

The show opened with a medley of songs from the star's youth in the Jackson 5, performed by a reunited New Edition performing with former member Bobby Brown. Host Jamie Foxx entered to Michael's "Beat It," wearing the singer's trademark red zippered jacket from his "Thriller" years and a single white glove. Joking about Michael's shifting appearance over the years, Jamie said, "I loved the old nose and the new nose," before calling attention to the music - and his status as a style icon. (NBC)

Despite numerous awards, the show was highlighted by Jay's solo set for "Death of Autotune."

Live performances by Jamie Foxx, Beyonce, Maxwell, Ne-Yo - and a surprise appearance by Jay-Z - rounded out BET's wall-to-wall Michael Jackson tribute. In yet another surprise appearance, Michael's sister, Janet Jackson made a brief appearance near the end of the awards presentation to address the audience. "To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael was family, and he will live forever in our hearts....thank you." (Chiff)

Check out Jamie Foxx & Jay's performances below:

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