THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Janet Jackson takes stage for BET finale

Jamie Foxx, left, is seen with a dancer as he performs a tribute to Michael Jackson at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. Jamie Foxx, left, is seen with a dancer as he performs a tribute to Michael Jackson at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
By Nekesa Mumbi Moody
AP Music Writer / June 28, 2009
  • Email|
  • Print|
  • |
Text size +

LOS ANGELES—Janet Jackson has taken the stage at the BET Awards to speak on behalf of her grieving family and thank fans for their love and support.

It was Janet Jackson's first public appearance since her brother died last Thursday. With a deep sadness on her face, she strolled to the microphone and began to speak.

She said: "My entire family wanted to be here tonight, but it was just too painful, so they elected me to be here."

She noted that the King of Pop was an icon to all in attendance, but that to the Jacksons, "he was family."

After her brief comments, Stevie Wonder, Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx took the stage and sang a poignant "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5.

Latest Entertainment Twitters

Get breaking entertainment news, gossip, and the latest from Boston Globe critics and Boston.com A&E staff.