Over the 25 year history of the MTV Video Music Awards, there has rarely been a more stirring and emotional introduction to the show than this year's tribute to Michael Jackson. The show began with a spoken introduction from Madonna, who recounted her appreciation for Jackson and told the story about the time they spent together.
What followed was a performance for the ages: A series of dancers came out to re-enact some classic Jackson moves before Janet Jackson joined them to sing her part of "Scream" (the only duet she ever recorded with her late brother) and mirror his dance solo in the middle of the famous music video for the track.
Of course, the performance didn't come from nowhere, as Janet and the rest of the dancers went through intense rehearsals to make it into an ideal tribute to Michael's legacy and memory. "The Making of Janet Jackson's VMA Tribute Performance," which airs Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on MTV, will provide an exclusive look behind the scenes and take you from the tribute's inception to its final execution.
As you can see from this exclusive preview, paying homage to one of the most iconic dancers in pop history takes a considerable amount of focus and effort.
The final version of the performance was supremely polished and ran through many of Michael's hits, including "Thriller," "Bad," "Smooth Criminal" and finally "Scream." The dancers were dressed in costumes that represented different fashion eras of Michael's life and incorporated all of his stylistic touchstones, from the white socks to the red leather jacket — save for Janet, who came out wearing a futuristic-looking outfit that matched the style of the classic "Scream" video. "It's the most fun I ever had," Jackson said of the performance. "And I know he was watching."