About four minutes into the tribute to Michael Jackson at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, [artist id="1090"]Janet Jackson[/artist] burst onstage to jam to “Scream,” the duet they recorded together in 1995. It was the crowning moment in an all-star homage to MJ that included a dance number helmed by renowned choreographers.
Joining her onstage — and appearing on Saturday’s MTV show — were some of the hottest names in dance from the past 15 years, choreographers who have been heavily influenced by MJ over the years and who have even contributed moves to the pop star’s own routines. Led by creative director Gil Duldulao, the dancers were Dave Scott, Cris Judd, Brian Friedman, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Travis Payne, Jeri Slaughter, Laurie Ann Gibson, Mia Michaels and Tina Landon.
“It’s a lot of hard work,” Janet said. “[But] I always enjoy myself. I try to enjoy myself, have fun. I enjoyed myself from day one all the way to the end.”
“The Making of Janet Jackson’s Video Music Awards Tribute Performance” airs on MTV Saturday at 12:30 p.m.