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NEW YORK (AP) -- An executive producer for the Black Entertainment TV Awards says Sunday night's live broadcast from Los Angeles will honor Michael Jackson.

Producer Stephen Hill says the show will be dedicated to Jackson because of his influence on music and pop culture. Jackson died Thursday at University of California Los Angeles Medical Center after being stricken at his Los Angeles home.

Hill says many of the celebrities who will appear on the show contacted BET to see how they could help prepare a tribute to Jackson.

Says Hill: "I think what you're going to find is that acceptance speeches for awards will have nothing to do about the artists themselves, but about the influence that Michael Jackson had on them."

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