updated 09/05/2008 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/05/2008 AT 4:55 PM ET
The Jackson family – missing their most famous member, Michael, as well as Jermaine – made a rare group appearance Thursday night to pick up a prestigious music-industry award.
As parents Katherine and Joseph Jackson smiled and applauded all during the show, Janet Jackson introduced brothers Tito, Randy, Jackie and Marlon as they received their Icon award at the 8th Annual BMI Urban Awards – and at one point, being overcome with emotion, had to pause to regain her composure.
“Family is the most important commodity that all of us have,” she said after taking the stage as Ray J, Bobby Valentino, Mario, and Lloyd sang “Never Can Say Goodbye.”
“I am so proud to be able to salute my brothers,” she said.
As she called off the names of each, the Jackson sister, 42, said, “I salute you for your talent and your musical gifts you’ve given the world. I tell you that every time we speak. I’m so excited to salute you!”
Once on stage, Randy, 46, recalled the heady days when the Jacksons’ reigned over the music charts.
“We were just having fun,” he said. “I remember doing my first performance, and my mom made me come home and wash dishes afterwards. I’ll never forget that.”
While Michael didn’t make it to the event, his brothers offered their support for him and his upcoming album. “We haven’t heard it, but we’ve heard about it,” Randy told reporters. “It’s going to be great.”
Reporting by JESSICA HERNDON