Madge kicked off the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with a tale of how she and Michael had a pleasant dinner; more to the point were her repeated assertions that Michael never had a childhood, and that her was a king. It was nice, but not at all illuminating. I’d much rather have heard again Rev. Al Sharpton’s speech from Jackson’s funeral.
The following dance medley began with “Thriller” — yeah, they finally went there, followed by “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal.” (Way to not fully lean, dancer-dude in front.) Janet herself, though, didn’t appear until a version of “Scream,” her duet with Michael. She and a little and danced a litte.
And with a glare from Janet, that was that. Beyonce and Kanye were thrilled. J. Lo looked bored. We were underwhelmed We’ll update with any tributes to Michael from later in the show.