Everyone knew Sunday night's BET Awards would focus on the lasting memory and legacy of
The show opened with a clip of Jackson's appearance on the 2003 BET Awards, where he performed with James Brown. It was a melancholy but inspiring introduction to the proceedings. The audience was then treated to a stunning performance by
Following the Jackson 5 songs, host
After the ovation, Foxx told the audience that the show would be festive. "No need to be sad," he told the audience. "We want to celebrate this black man. He belongs to us and we shared him with everyone else." Foxx kept it light, poking fun at Jackson's nose and the change in his skin tone over the years. "Michael was all kinds of black. He was Wesley Snipes and Chico DeBarge at the same time."
Foxx wrapped up the show's opening sequence with a decent take on Jackson's signature dance move: the Moonwalk. The Shrine erupted once again as Foxx danced his way off the stage.
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