1. Chris Brown’s Michael Jackson Tribute at the 2010 BET Awards
Chris Brown won his place back in the hearts of America when he took the stage to perform a tribute to Michael Jackson at the 2010 BET Awards. There’s no denying Chris Brown’s impeccable talent and MJ inspired dance moves so it was only right that he performed only one year after his passing. Watch the performance below.
2. Janet Jackson’s Michael Jackson Tribute at the 2009 VMAs
Of course, the best tribute would have to come from Michael’s little sister, Janet, who took the stage to perform one last time with her late brother at the 2009 VMAs.
3. Ne-Yo Performs “The Way You Make Me Feel” At “Bad” 25th Anniversary Concert
Another great performer, Ne- Yo, dedicated a whole event to the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s legendary album, “Bad”, in 2012. Durng the event, Ne-Yo surprised fans by hitting the stage to perform MJ’s classic, “Smooth Criminal”’ and “The Way You Make Me Feel”.
4. Chris Tucker Performs “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” In “Rush Hour 2”
Okay, so this isn’t exactly a tribute performance but it’s quite hilarious. Who could forget Chris Tucker’s impersonation of Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” in the movie, “Rush Hour 2”?
5. Michael Jackson Tribute At The 2010 Grammy Awards
At the 2010 Grammy awards, multiple stars dedicated a special tribute performance for the late King of Pop to commemorate his passing the previous year. Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Carrie Underwood and more took the stage to perform “What About Us”.
6. Justin Timberlake Performs The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)”
Justin Timberlake is one of the many artists who have expressed their love for Michael Jackson and the large influence that he’s had on his own career. Earlier this year, Justin performed the Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)” at the Hollywood Palladium following the 55th Annual Grammy Awards show.
7. Beyonce Performs The Jackson 5’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are”
Even though she was five months pregnant at the time, Beyonce paid tribute to the King of Pop in 2011 for the “Michael Forever” tribute concert that took place in Wales. After being introduced by Michael Jackson’s children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, Beyonce, decked out in a 70s inspired sequins dress and afro wig, went on to perform the Jackson 5 hit, “I Wanna Be Where You Are”.
8. Chris Brown Performs “Thriller”, “Rock With You” and “Billie Jean”
Chris Brown’s amazing MJ tributes has earned him another place on this list. Here is he paying homage to the King of Pop with “Thriller”, “Rock With You” and “Billie Jean” in 2009.
9. Usher Performs “Rock With You”
Usher also paid homage to the late entertainer earlier this year at “Live at Rock Hall”. Here he performs “Rock With You”
10. Michael Jackson Performs “Billie Jean” At The Motown 25th In 1983
Last but not least, we’ll leave you with one of the greatest Michael Jackson moments of all time – the very first time the world was introduced to the legendary moon walk during Michael’s performance of “Billie Jean” at the Motown 25th in 1983. Michael, happy birthday and thank you for all you’ve done in entertainment.