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WATCH: Ciara Leads Epic Janet Jackson Dance Tribute at BET Awards

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Ciara, Tinashe and Jason Derulo pay homage to Miss Jackson.

The BET Awards is probably the only awards show of note because they know how to put on a goddamn show. They had performances from Janelle Monae, Patti LaBelle, Nicki Minaj and a showstopping Bad Boy reunion starring Lil Kim's latest face. But the real highlight was a high-energy dance tribute featuring Ciara, Tinashe and Jason Derulo.

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As I've said repeatedly, don't sleep on CiCi. If anyone is Janet's heir apparent, it's her -- though clearly Janet's not going anywhere anytime soon.

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But Tinashe came to show out during her "Pleasure Principle" number and Derulo turned out the dance break from "All for You." Before you could say "Gimme a beat!" Ciara was tutting across the stage for "If" and then the three kids came together for "Rhythm Nation."

Then Miss Jackson herself showed up in a time machine from 1993 -- serving you "That's the Way Love Goes" curls and a nonexistent waist in a wide-legged jumpsuit -- to accept the completely-made-up-sounding-but-who-cares-because-she's-here Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award.

The audience was on its feet and I was on the floor. Don't call it a comeback, kids -- she's been here for years.

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