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Janet Jackson Will Open MTV VMAs Sunday

She'll pay tribute to her late brother with a musical production number.

Janet Jackson will kick off Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards with a musical tribute to her late brother.


MTV confirmed Tuesday that Jackson will "make a special apperance" and "will help open the entire show to honor Michael (Jackson's) celebrated career.


The network denied a report by TMZ.com, however, that claimed choreographer Frank Gaston is involved in the tribute. MTV called it "erroneous."


The wording of MTV's release-- Jackson "will help" open the show-- could indicate that other major celebs will be on hand as well to honor the fallen icon.

The VMAs will air Sunday night at 9 (PT/ET).