The Missing BET Awards-Michael Jackson Video Tribute That Was Never Shown

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So here’s  something that was eliminated from last sunday’s BET Awards. its a video tribute put together by Frank Williams. He is from Oakland and a long time fixture in the Hip Hop scene. He was one of the first brothers to write for the LA Times– He’s been a long time writer for the Source and has been putting in work for BET. He put this video montage together for MJ but it never aired… You see this and all you can do is shake your head in disbelief.. Why would they not show this 3 minute clip..

According to Frank, the video wasn’t shown because Don Cornelius stayed on stage talking too long and some pieces got scraped. I say they should’ve went overtime. In fact this incredible tribute should’ve  started off the show.

Here’s what Frank wrote as his intro..

I AM P. FRANK WILLIAMS, CO-PRODUCER OF THE BET AWARDS 09! (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!) THIS IS A BET AWARDS MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE I PRODUCED THAT NEVER AIRED CALLED “GONE TOO SOON.” 

THANKS TO THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO RESPONDED TO MICHAEL JACKSON GONE TOO SOON VIDEO TRIBUTE! I AM COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED BY YOUR LOVE AND ADMIRATION. PLEASE KNOW I DID THAT PIECE TO HONOR A LEGEND. AND GOOD NEWS: YOU MAY SEE IT ON TV AFTER ALL NEXT WEEK! KEEP YOUR FINGERS IN YOUR WHITE GLOVE CROSSED. RIP MJ!

Here’s the missing piece.

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Comments

  1. I love some of the older pics they have of him included in that.

    *sniff

  2. KatrinaMC says:

    I’m so glad you added this to your site. I do hope they do finally air it this week, such an amazing tribute. Frank always knows exactly how to do it!

  3. Robert Jr. James McClendon says:

    Call me a “kill joy”, an ingrate, but “You a day late, a dollar short, Bro.” Ain’t watch it, ain’t got no props for you, BET, nor the Source. I see how you playing.

  4. daughterofthediaspora says:

    There is so much that goes into producing a show of this proportion and as more details are made clear about, not just the days leading up to the final show but the day of, it is clear that work did actually go into the show. BET’s decision to air from this point on an edited version of the show is what they should have decided during the 3 day turn around. The Beyonce show chance (horrible) and the cutting of this of all things, not the Baby Boy movie flashback or even a Jaime Fox song, but this (????) says to me that there are people making very poor decisions on the part of the network. I mean, you could have cut out Alicia Keys or Wyclefs video. I am sure either of them would have understood because they would want something done right for them when they have tributes in 15 or 20 years. I am sure it doesn’t help that folk don’t believe in BET anymore and felt like this time, this ONCE, they would deliver in recent memory so we could have hope that somethings could still be held on to…that all was not lost and then…”what, what am I watching? Are those children on stage with Wayne and Drake?? And why are they singing F*ck em songs right now??” And that preceeded Janet’s entrance? I just can’t be involved

  5. atl_wake_up says:

    alicia keys and wyclef could care less what BET does for them decades from now, BET is being run poorly because the people that are put in charge to run BET, lol! play by a corporate ideology that is not about representing black culture in it’s rightful prospective, it’s about suckering in teenie boppers and grown folk who were weened on the trick 97 definition of hiphop/culture. Why would you be upset at 4 letter words being used doing a tribute on BET? it’s been drummed down to us since the 90’s that it’s just keepin it real, remember?

  6. Keya Clay says:

    Wonderful!!!! I am a huge MJ fan and this tribute is well done. I love looking at old pictures of MJ, he was so beautiful!!! RIP MJ

    Love you forever!!!!!!!

  7. i love michal jackson and let me set the record strait the jackson family put michael up 4 blood sacerfiece so all that fake cryin they did aint nothin 2 me real talk cuz .

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