Los Angeles, Calif.-Usher, one of the stars who credits Michael Jackson for his stylish dance moves, failed to be at the BET Awards on Sunday, but he say he plans to give a special tribute to the King of Pop once he’s back in L.A.
“It is with regret that I [was] unable to participate in the BET Awards Tribute to Michael Jackson on June 28,” the R&B singer issued a statement.
Usher was out of the country when the organizers of the BETA Awards called him to take part in the tribute, but he was unable to return to the States in time for the show. But he promises to work on special tribute to his idol upon his return.
The BET Awards opened with a medley of songs beginning with Jackson’s hits with the Jackson 5, performed by the reunited New Edition, with Bobby Brown included. Jamie Foxx then wore the singer’s signature red zippered “Thriller” jacket and a single white glove in “Beat It.”
Other stars who performed the late icon’s music were Ne-Yo, who sang “The Lady In My Life,” and Ciara, who did her version of “Heal The World.” Almost everybody sent a message to the King of Pop for his great influence to their artistic prowess, each time they presented or accepted an award on stage.
Michael’s sister, Janet Jackson, took the stage just before the show ended, thanking all the fans and the rest of the crowd for their undying support for her brother.
“My entire family wanted to be here tonight. But it was just too painful,” she said emotionally. “So they elected me to speak with all of you and I’m going to keep it very short but I’d just like to say that to you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family.”