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Superstar Janet Jackson returned to the BET Awards stage last night to thank the millions of fans for their love and support only days after the shocking and untimely death of her brother, mega-star Michael Jackson.
"My entire family wanted to be here tonight but it was too painful", said Jackson. To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family and he will forever live in our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself thank you for your love and support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much."
Janet Jackson's classy and heartfelt appearance was in stark contrast to the red carpet interview her father Joe Jackson granted CNN's Don Lemmon. In a tacky and disgraceful moment the family patriarch chose to promote his new record label-Ranch Records while seeming totally oblivious to the fact that he'd just tragically lost his son.
Janet has been named executor of Michael Jackson’s estate and will soon begin the long process of handling his assets, debts and what money her brother left behind. A family friend tells the New York Post, “She’s in charge, she had the documents, she has control of his stuff.”
Watch Janet & Joe Jackson's BET Awards appearance below.