Janet and Michael Jackson, in 1993
09/08/2009 AT 07:10 PM EDT
The Video Music Awards will pay homage to Michael Jackson when his sister Janet opens the show at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Sept. 13, MTV announced Tuesday.
It's not known whether Janet will perform – it's being billed as a "special appearance" – but her mere presence on stage is expected to give the show an emotional punch.
Michael, who died June 25 at age 50, was finally laid to rest
last week in a mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif. His death was ruled a homicide
– death at the hands of another – and several doctors and pharmacies are under investigation... – Mike Fleeman