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Michael Jackson tribute planned for MTV awards

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  • MTV says Janet Jackson will give tribute to her late brother
  • Also promised: First look at documentary of pop star's final three months
  • The show airs live starting at 9 p.m. ET Sunday
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Sunday night's "2009 MTV Video Music Awards" will feature a personal tribute from Janet Jackson to her late brother, MTV said.

Michael Jackson receives the Legend Award during the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.

Michael Jackson receives the Legend Award during the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.

Michael Jackson fans also will get their first peek during the MTV show at the behind-the-scenes documentary of the pop star's final three months, the network said.

MTV announced this week that Janet Jackson "will help open" its video music awards show Sunday night with a tribute to her brother. No other details about her "special appearance" were released.

The trailer for the upcoming documentary "Michael Jackson: This Is It" will also debut on the MTV show.

It comes a month after concert promoter AEG Live handed over to Sony Pictures about 100 hours of video captured between April and June, when Jackson was preparing for his concert comeback.

Fans who miss the MTV show, which will air live at 9 p.m. ET Sunday at New York's Radio City Music Hall, can preview the documentary online at www.thisisit-movie.com beginning Sunday night, the network said. Photo See guests arrive to awards show »

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British comedian Russell Brand will return to host Sunday's Video Music Awards for the second straight year.

It will be the first time the awards show has aired from New York since 2006.

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