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!