While the evening began with New Edition romping through a stirring medley of the Jackson 5's more upbeat hits, the gentle version of "I'll Be There" made for a somber, dignified follow to Janet's brief comments.
"To you, Michael is an icon, to us, Michael is family and he will forever live in all of our hearts," she said. "On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much, thank you so much," she said while tearing up.
"I'll Be There," the Jackson 5's biggest hit, was a #1 single upon its original release in 1970 and again when covered by
The song was also the Jacksons' last #1 single, although Michael was to enjoy many more during his solo career.
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