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The Jacksons were crowned icons at the BMI Urban Awards on Thursday night in Los Angeles, but the King of Pop was an absentee.
Janet Jackson presented her music-making brothers — Michael, Tito, Jackie, Marlon, Jermaine and Randy — with the lifetime achievement BMI Icon award following a musical tribute at the award show celebrating R&B and hip-hop’s top hitmakers. While Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Randy reunited to accept the award, Jermaine and Michael didn’t attend the Wilshire Theatre ceremony.
Where was the Moonwalker? “I don’t know,” Marlon told the Associated Press before the show. “I think he’s in Egypt riding a camel or something.”
The Jackson Five — which included Michael along with Marlon, Jackie, Tito and Jermaine — was a groundbreaking act that debuted on the 1969 album “Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5.” The group simply became the Jacksons after leaving Motown in 1976, replacing Jermaine with Randy.
“It’s a great honor to know your music influenced a generation,” said Tito. “We’re very proud of this moment.”
The tribute kicked off with dance troupe Jabbawockeez performing a funky “Dancing Machine” routine. Music group ONE sang “I Want You Back.” JoJo and Lloyd partnered on “I’ll Be There” before Mario unleashed a high-energy rendition of “Heartbreak Hotel” and Keri Hilson crooned “Who’s Loving You.” The finale featured Mario, Bobby Valentino, Lloyd and Ray J teaming up for “Never Can Say Goodbye.”
Before presenting her brothers with the award, Janet said her family was her greatest commodity and that she was proud to salute her siblings for their accomplishments in the music industry.
Following the acceptance of the icon award, the Jackson brothers posed on stage for photos with father Joseph, mother Katherine and sisters Janet, LaToya and Rebbie. The Jacksons did not perform.
Other BMI Urban Award winners included Soulja Boy, Polow Da Don, Rodney Jerkins and DJ Montay. Song of the year was awarded to Ne-Yo, Espen Lind and Amund Bjorklund for Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.” Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem, Kanye West and T-Pain were honored as producers of the year. T-Pain was also selected as songwriter of the year. Universal Music Publishing Group was given the publisher of the year award.
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