Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, spoke about his late son to CNN last night at the BET Awards.
"I wish the world had recognized him when he was living. Right now, he's bigger than ever. But I wish he was here to see all this, to hear all this."
At the end of the night, Janet Jackson came onstage to speak publicly about her brother for the first time since his death.
"My entire family wanted to be here tonight, but it was too painful," she told the BET audience. "To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family. He will forever live in all of our hearts."
She added, "On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much."
What did Michael Jackson mean to you?
Should he have been honored like this — instead of being treated like a pariah by the media — before his recent and untimely death?