Jacksons reunite at BMI Urban Awards
Michael Jackson is still an inescapable presence in
pop, even when he’s a physical no-show. But his brothers made their
contributions too. Marlon Jackson showed great eloquence in accepting the BMI Icon Award for
himself and his brothers. Nearly all of the clan showed up for the big
moment — Jermaine was absent also — and there was a lot of
emotion in the rows they occupied.
Sister Janet emerged at
night’s end to present the award to her brothers, she got so choked up that she
could barely make it through her speech.
Still looking suave at 51,
Marlon praised "my father’s wisdom" in putting together the family
band, gave props to Motown and urged everyone to "study peace" before
thanking BMI for being the first organization to give props to the
Michael’s absence from the ceremony certainly disappointed many, but
in a way it was for the best: This was the time for the other brothers
to shine and for those present to recall that their breakthroughs as a
group made an important mark on pop history, outside of their genius brothers’ later accomplishments. Watching them respond to this
recognition with dignity and pride, I felt strangely grateful to
Michael for staying away and letting his brothers bask a little.
The only simple truth about the Jacksons is that they changed the
face of black pop by creating a sound that appealed to young kids and
created a new crossover market for soul. At the Wilshire, several
contemporary artists paid tribute to that sound, but few could actually
match its perfection.
Photo of the Jacksons by Chris Pizzello / Associated Press
— Ann Powers – L.A. Times
(AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
left, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, and Randy Jackson,
of the The Jacksons, arrive at the 8th annual BMI Urban Awards in
Beverly Hills, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008.
Jacksons reunite at BMI Urban Awards
By DERRIK J. LANG – 6 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Jacksons were crowned icons at the BMI Urban Awards, but the King of Pop was an absentee.
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 Thursday 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."
Jackson Five — which included Michael along with Marlon, Jackie, Tito
and Jermaine — was a groundbreaking, best-selling 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. They continued their multiplatinum success with such hits
as "ABC" and "I Want You Back."
"It’s a great honor to know your music influenced a generation," said Tito. "We’re very proud of this moment."
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."
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.
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.
BMI — Broadcast Music Inc. — is
a performing rights organization that collects license fees on behalf
of its songwriters, composers and music publishers and distributes them
as royalties to those members whose works have been performed.
September 5, 2008
BMI Honors The Jacksons at Urban Awards in Los Angeles
BMI saluted the world’s premier r&b, rap and hip-hop
songwriters, producers and publishers September 4 at its Urban Awards.
BMI President & CEO Del Bryant
and Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta Catherine
Brewton hosted the annual ceremony at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly
One of pop music’s most influential quintets, The Jacksons blazed a
trail for r&b and pop music, creating a sound and musical image
that is emulated to this day. Hailing from Gary, Indiana, and formed in
1966, the Jackson brothers—Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and,
joining in 1976, younger brother Randy—were a true American success
story, transcending race and redefining the sound of pop and r&b
music. They were the first group to have their first four singles hit
no. 1, and they remain one of the most globally influential pop and
r&b groups in history. The Jackson 5 were inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In addition to being premier recording
and performing artists, the Jacksons wrote multiple hits, including the
’80s “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” “2300 Jackson Street,”
“Can You Feel It,” and “State of Shock.”