Janet Jackson peforms "Scream" during the Michael Jackson tribute at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

Last night’s VMAs opened up with a touching speech about Michael Jackson by pop singer Madonna, followed by an upbeat dance routine featuring some of the King of Pop’s biggest hits. Among the dancers were famous choreographers Wade Robson, Tina Landon, Laurie Anne Gibson, and Chris Judd, who all put in hours of rehearsal time to make the tribute a success.

The highlight of the tribute was when MJ’s little sister Janet Jackson came out during “Scream” and broke it down at the end with the music video’s dance routine. The effect of the backdrop made it seem like MJ was dancing right beside her, which was so sweet! You could tell this particular performance was a bit difficult for Janet as she clenched her jaws and tried to hold back her tears at the end. But we applaud her for going up there and doing her thing in spite of just losing her brother just 2 months ago.