The Jacksons to be honored in L.A.

Tue Aug 5, 2008 1:47pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Jacksons will receive a lifetime achievement award during performing rights group BMI's eighth annual Urban Awards on September 4.

Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael Jackson will be bestowed with the Icon award during the ceremony, which honors the most-performed R&B/hip-hop songs of the past year in the BMI repertoire.

A BMI spokeswoman said Michael Jackson has yet to confirm his attendance, but the others will on hand at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. As honorees, the Jacksons will not perform. Other artists, as yet unannounced, will take the stage to cover the group's songs.

Starting out as The Jackson 5 in their hometown of Gary, Ind., the siblings found fame at Motown Records where they enjoyed a string of hits beginning with 1969's "I Want You Back."

Later smashes included "Enjoy Yourself," "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" and "State of Shock" with Mick Jagger, released in 1984 at the height of Michael Jackson's stardom.

Reuters

 
<p>The Jackson Five perorm in a file photo during a show at the Mill Run Playhouse in June of 1974. The musicians are (L to R) Tito, Randy, Jackie, Marlon, Michael, and Jermaine. The Jacksons will receive a lifetime achievement award during performing rights group BMI's eighth annual Urban Awards on September 4. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson AF</p>