‘The Making of Janet Jackson’s Video Music Awards Tribute Performance’ airs on MTV Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
By Eric Ditzian
It’s the story behind the epic performance: As Janet Jackson geared up to present a tribute to her brother Michael during the MTV Video Music Awards, she was still struggling with her emotions nearly three months after MJ passed away. While she said that the tribute was “the most fun I have ever had working on a project for TV,” she also said she fought to hold back tears while a team of dancers took the stage dressed in MJ’s iconic looks, from single sequined gloves to red leather jackets to glittering, military-style uniforms.
On Saturday, during MTV’s exclusive 12:30 p.m. airing of “The Making of Janet Jackson’s Video Music Awards Tribute Performance,” Janet will give viewers a behind-the-scenes peek at what it took to put on the show and talk candidly about her swirling emotions during the entire production.
“It was very emotional for me and I was trying not to cry,” Janet told MTV. “And I got choked up a few times. It gave me goosebumps. I thought [the dancers] looked incredible. They had just learned it.”
As she waited to go onstage for her portion of the tribute — a raucous dance number set to “Scream,” the single she and MJ recorded together in the mid-’90s — Janet was overcome by the vision of so many dancers resembling the King of Pop in wardrobe and dance steps.
“[It's] just like you’re seeing all these carbon copies of your brother, and because he left such an impression with his style on so many different generations — and, still, this generation — and to see them try to mimic him to the T and doing an incredible job at it as if he was the one that taught them — ‘No, this is how you do it’ — and to see them look so close to his movement, it just touched me,” Janet said. “It really touched me.”
“The Making of Janet Jackson’s Video Music Awards Tribute Performance” captures footage from the very first day of rehearsals in Los Angeles to the final moments before Janet and hit the stage of Radio City Music Hall. You can see it all on MTV this Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
“This is the most fun — from my mouth to God’s ears — the most fun I have ever had working on a project for TV,” said Janet.
“The Making of Janet Jackson’s Video Music Awards Tribute Performance” airs on MTV Saturday at 12:30 p.m.