Janet and Michael Jackson
9.8.2009

Update: Janet Jackson to Pay Tribute to Michael at VMAs

If there ever was a reason to watch this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, this is it. Janet Jackson will reportedly perform a dance tribute to her late brother at Sunday’s show.

According to TMZ, Ms. Jackson has been rehearsing for a Michael Jackson tribute to air live on the VMAs this Sunday, September 13, at 9 p.m. EST.

The youngest Jackson’s homage to her big brother is being choreographed in part by Travis Payne (Michael Jackson) and is said to feature 20 backup dancers.

Some rehearsals have lasted as long as 15 hours a day, reveals Kriyss Grant, one of the dancers involved. “There won’t be a dry eye in the house,” he says.

Other performers set to take the stage at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall include Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Green Day, and Pink.

UPDATE: MTV has confirmed the news, saying, “On Sunday, Janet will make a special appearance at the VMAs to help open the show and honor MJ’s career. Previous reports noting that choreographer Frank Gaston is involved are erroneous.” They did not elaborate on what the appearance would entail.