Jamie Foxx Moonwalks In Tribute To Michael Jackson At 2009 BET Awards

June 28th, 2009 // 2 Comments

It was an evening of tributes to Michael Jackson at the 2009 BET Awards.

The show didn’t waste any time, kicking off the proceedings with a 10-minute tribute that brought the packed crowd at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium to their feet, immediately establishing the show as a sort of wake for the fallen singer.

The show opened with a clip of Jackson’s appearance on the 2003 BET Awards, where he performed with James Brown. It was a melancholy but inspiring introduction to the proceedings. The audience was then treated to a stunning performance by New Edition, who performed a medley of Jackson 5 hits. The iconic R&B group, led by Bobby Brown, sang and danced their way through classics like “ABC” and “The Love You Save.”

Following New Edition’s performance, host Jamie Foxx walked on stage dressed like vintage Jackson: The Thriller-era red leather jacket and a single sparkling sequined glove. Foxx greeted the audience and immediately launched into a performance of “Beat It.” Foxx, who has plenty of experience mimicking R&B icons, ran through the classic Jackson tune with aplomb, never missing a note.

After the ovation, Foxx told the audience that the show would be festive. “No need to be sad,” he told the audience. “We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us and we shared him with everyone else.” Foxx kept it light, poking fun at Jackson’s nose and the change in his skin tone over the years. “Michael was all kinds of black. He was Wesley Snipes and Chico DeBarge at the same time.”

Hats off to Michael!

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Gallery Info: Jamie Foxx and New Edition perform at the 2009 BET Awards

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. wow

    this is disgusting. people will do anything for ratings and money. if people are so concerned about honoring jackson, why do they insist on making songs about him already and dressing like him and performing his songs?

    this was hugely disrespectful and out of line—am i the only one that thinks this?!?!? foxx dressing up like jackson and trying to do the moonwalk?

    not only does he look like an idiot, he cant do it half as well as MJ, and for GODS SAKE, the man died last week!!! show some respect…hollywood is disgusting.

  2. Tiffany

    To the above poster, I honestly don’t see what you’re talking about. Jamie is a huge fan of MJ. He’s a performer and it was fitting that a performer would perform in tribute to one of his inspirations. You seem to see it as a parody but if you pay attention to the show you’ll see that he had the utmost respect for Michael. He doesn’t look like an idiot and I thin he did pretty darn well. Not as well as the master, but well nonetheless.

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