It may not be adequately acknowledged, but the annually televised BET Awards Show is consistently the best televised music extravaganza in the business. Luckily, it just happens that tonight's BET Awards was already scheduled to air -- as it does each June during Black Music Month, long before the untimely death of Michael Jackson.
I imagined that BET would have enough time to create a knock-out Michael Jackson video module and even have some of the scheduled stars drop everything that'd been rehearsing and perform a thriller Michael Jackson medley. But according to reports, BET chairman and CEO Debra L. Lee felt her team had sufficient time to dwarf the minimum "must do "expectation. It sounds as though BET's Lee & Company are making something of a musical miracle happen on the third day of Michael's death.
Access Hollywood even offers this exclusive story: Chris Brown Returning to State for BET Awards Michael Jackson Tribute. You probably know that Michael Jackson in an interview once cited Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake as the two entertainers he felt had the talent to wear his crown as King of Pop. So it's meaningful that recent events have been put aside for the moment so that Chris Brown can participate in the awards show tonight.
And yes, Rihanna reportedly will be there. (Does this mean that Rihanna will be breaking the law by being in the same auditorium as Chris Brown?)
It's hard to imagine that BET can top it's own show the year they paid tribute to James Brown. The Godfather of Soul (and everyone watching) was surprised and thrilled when Michael Jackson suddenly appeared on stage, making tearful remarks about Brown's influence on him.
That was one of the absolute best moments in music awards history, and it of course was made doubly so by the King of Pop's presence. To keep this on an uplifted note, it'll be grand to see what I imagine will be multiple generations of music talent on stage together tonight -- throughout the night -- all there standing in the shadow and love of Michael Joseph Jackson. A little boy from Gary, Indiana, who came, saw, conquered and left this world too soon.