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Foxx leads Jackson salute at BET event

MUMBAI

: The BET awards kicked off on Sunday night with a musical
tribute to Michael Jackson in which host Jamie Foxx did Jackson‘s famous moonwalk and sung his hit song Beat It in a classic King of Pop attire - red leather jacket and one white glove.

Oscar-winning actor and singer Foxx told the packed house in Los Angeles‘ Shrine Auditorium that the awards programme would honour Jackson.


"I‘m going to moonwalk tonight -- going to moonwalk from here, all the way to there, for Michael," Foxx said. He then performed the backwards shuffle dance step that Jackson made famous.


The awards given annually by the BET television network honour the best African American singers, actors, actresses and athletes. This year‘s show was revamped at the last minute due to Jackson‘s death in which many performers and winners dedicated their awards to Jackson and his family.


Said, Michaeal‘s father Joe Jackson that there were still "a lot of concerns about what happened" in the final hours of my son‘s life."


The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment. The awards are presented annually and broadcast live on BET.

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