The memory of Michael Jackson was everywhere. Joe Jackson, Michael's father, sat in the front row flanked by the Rev. Al Sharpton, and two seats down from Beyonce. When Beyonce won the BET Award as best female R & B artist, she said, "I want to thank Michael Jackson for being my teacher and my hero. When Beyonce performed, she included a verse of "In the Arms of an Angel," and it was clear that she was singing about Michael Jackson.