The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards will feature a number of huge performances from the likes of Jay-Z, Green Day, Beyoncé and others, but perhaps the highest-profile act on Sunday night's show will be Janet Jackson's tribute to her brother Michael.
Though the details about the tribute remain closely guarded, fans have already built up expectations for the bit that will open this year's awards.
"I think it's really fitting, and obviously she'll do him justice," said Katie Smith from the U.K. Her traveling companion, Jen Birch, agreed. "It's a bold move. He was just so good, but if anyone can do it she can," she said.
"It's going to be special. Everyone will be really happy that she's doing it," Jordan Kearny said.
The fans agree that the performance will clearly be out of a special kind of enthusiasm and will come from the heart. "She's the best candidate, because she was probably one of the people who knew him the best," Jennifer Kaufman said.
Lana Matthews of Michigan agreed: "I think it comes out of a place of passion and love for him. She's obviously not doing it to sell a record or anything. A lot of tributes have been done for Michael so far, and I haven't quite gotten it, and I think the creativity that ran through his veins runs through hers. It's probably hard for her to do, but it's probably something important for her to go through."
As for what form the tribute might take, Birch thinks the show should get a little sentimental. " 'Man in the Mirror' could be interesting," she said. As many other fans suggested, she wants to see other collaborators join Janet onstage. "I want to see Kanye West or Beyoncé do a duet. I'm sure Kanye West could dance like Michael Jackson."
"I'd like to see some young artists who were inspired by him," Michael Washington suggested. "Maybe Ne-Yo or Chris Brown."
Lana Matthews had another wish: "I think Michael Jackson was an all-around entertainer, and I think Britney Spears is an all-around entertainer. There's nothing she can't do. It'd be nice to see the artists lose themselves and become him for a few minutes."
No matter what happens on Sunday's show, it's clear that there is a tremendous amount of anticipation surrounding this year's Video Music Awards and for Janet's appearance in particular. "The VMAs are one of the biggest events of the whole year," Alex Kearny said. "There's no better place to give him a tribute."
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards air live this Sunday, September 13, at 9 p.m. ET, but New York is celebrating the VMAs all week long! Stay tuned for party coverage, concert reports, behind-the-scenes updates and more.