3:42 pm - 09/09/2009

New MTV promo highlights MJ Tribute

The hits just keep on coming for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, and the latest performance announcement is a huge one: Janet Jackson will be performing a tribute to her late brother Michael, who passed away back in June. In fact, Janet's tribute will open Sunday night's show, which is fitting considering Michael was responsible for one of the greatest opening segments in Video Music Awards history, when in 1995 he performed a medley of some of his biggest hits (which included a guest guitar solo by Velvet Revolver axeman Slash) before scoring three Moonmen for his video for "Scream" (his one and only collaboration with sister Janet). It's still unclear what songs will be included in Janet's tribute to her brother, but considering it's the Video Music Awards and Michael was such a huge icon in the music video universe, it's easy to assume it will incorporate some of his bigger video moments (it would be shocking if it didn't include at least a portion of the "Thriller" dance). Janet, a nine-time Moonman winner herself (including a Video Vanguard prize and two wins for Best Female Video), is no stranger to the VMA stage herself, having performed three times previously and was last on the show in 2000 at Radio City Music Hall (where she performed "Doesn't Really Matter"). The performance has even spawned the excellent promo below, which plugs the performance using a very unusual form of weather that may or may not afflict the New York City area this Sunday night.


Mods, I can't figure out why there's so much space between the video and the text!
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phillymademe 9th-Sep-2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
aww that was cute. i still don't like you MTV, but that was nice.

sashanaa 9th-Sep-2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
lol why did I start crying :/
okyouwin 9th-Sep-2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
lol are you kidding me
sashanaa 9th-Sep-2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
blackbritt4eva 9th-Sep-2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
lol word
sarellow 10th-Sep-2009 12:01 am (UTC)
lol ikr
xballet 10th-Sep-2009 01:49 am (UTC)
lmao mte
itsnoelle 10th-Sep-2009 03:29 am (UTC)
aah_skeet 9th-Sep-2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
bounded_woman 10th-Sep-2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Awe, don't feel bad. I got kinda sad... I have dance rehearsals tomorrow for the mass Thrill Around the World. Such a sad year...
bearlovesyou123 10th-Sep-2009 03:08 am (UTC)
dont worry, i felt a tinge of tears as well.
prism2me 9th-Sep-2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
This had better not be like that BET version of a tribute. That one was lame.
ecctv 9th-Sep-2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Michael Jackson is more than his glove >:O
shanny_w 10th-Sep-2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I'm writing a passionate letter to these fugly skank ass bitches!
ecctv 9th-Sep-2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
I disagree. the vmas and mtv were a huge part of his career, so they need to honor him. this is the one award show that really SHOULD recognize him
acrimonius 9th-Sep-2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
Got it reversed. He put MTV on the map. :p
prism2me 9th-Sep-2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
It may be therapy for her. I'm sure Michael would do the same in her place.

Besides, it's not like she's try to pimp herself by holding some concert in Vienna. Yes, Jermaine, I'm looking at you. You're Joe, Part 2.
laurie_springs 9th-Sep-2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
.....It's the VMAS. Which are always in September.

It'd be tacky if the biggest show on the network he put on the map didn't do anything.
another_slender 9th-Sep-2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
How is a tribute of all things not letting Mike rest in peace?
floetcist 10th-Sep-2009 12:12 am (UTC)
I LOOOOOOOOOOVe your icon. Blame it on the Boogie <3

Oh and the tributes are not going to stop any time soon. There's still the American Music Awards and the Grammys.
rubberheadz_inc 10th-Sep-2009 12:27 am (UTC)
I don't see how this isn't letting the guy rest in peace. Besides, MTV is partially responsible for making a joke out of him, and he's the main reason why the channel became a big deal in the first place, it would be disrespectful to NOT do anything in his honor, especially after making him a laughing stock.
halfdressedliar 9th-Sep-2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
That was really sweet.
flowerings 9th-Sep-2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Too bad you guys were absolute jerks to him for the past 10 years or so. But it's a cute promo.

Edited at 2009-09-09 11:16 pm (UTC)
whawhatindabutt 9th-Sep-2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
that was cute, MTV is about to put BET to shame...

{I hope}

prism2me 9th-Sep-2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
You know it.
degele 9th-Sep-2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
of course, BET was a hot steaming pile of shit
whawhatindabutt 9th-Sep-2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
I don't even CARE

If it wasn't for Michael, I along with my brothers and sisters probably would have never started watching MTV in the first place. So they need to kiss his ass.
liliananyappy 9th-Sep-2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
Aw, omg that promo was cute.
I'm surprised.
ang_0 9th-Sep-2009 11:22 pm (UTC)

but idgaf MTV still fucks over artists
magicandmyth 9th-Sep-2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I find promoting a tribute performance to be kind of crass. I mean, obviously it's a big get, but I think they were fine "leaking" that it was happening and not producing a commercial to say "Make sure to tune in and see us capitalize on the death of someone we have spent the better part of the last 2 decades making a mockery of!"
lazaro_jack 9th-Sep-2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
lil_creamsoda 9th-Sep-2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
I didn't like it.

but I am going to watch, only for the tribute.
chriscrosscrash 9th-Sep-2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
I am so looking forward to this.

But somehow it just wont be the VMA's for me unless I get a Britney performance....Maybe a Justin one....Really I miss the entire teen pop era... I need someone to represent my high school years....
beingabotch22 9th-Sep-2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
there's Pink, though she's not exactly teen pop, she still came around at that time.

And considering Xtina's performance blew last year, and Brit's last performance was iconic for the wrong reasons, having one of them perform doesn't really mean it's gonna be great :\
chriscrosscrash 9th-Sep-2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Haha I mean...Pink counts but she moved to this whole Rock-Pop thing, and lost me after that. Beyonce doesn't count either....She got big in my first summer before college so she doesn't make the cut as a solo artist. Only Destiny's Child. I feel so old....

But as for Britney....I really don't think I will see her as back until I see a good performance at the VMA's from her...but that's just me I guess....
americandream17 9th-Sep-2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
is Shakira performing? I thought I read that somewhere...but then again, she's more "latino" pop compared to "mainstream" pop. either way, i love her.
jheathbar 9th-Sep-2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
Omg late 90s/early2000s pop will never be dead to me. The VMAs are always memorable when Britney performs. I think the battle of pop divas with the most stans on here will make it epic though for sure.
another_slender 9th-Sep-2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
shanny_w 10th-Sep-2009 03:44 am (UTC)
That was a god damn troll move. Some srs internet bsns shit they pulled on him. TROLL AZZ MOTHER FUCKERS!!!
shutterdragon 9th-Sep-2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
(where she performed "Doesn't Really Matter")

that song is my JAM <3
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