Michael Jackson's Hologram Wows The Billboard Music Awards
May 19, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
Close to five years after his death, a virtual MICHAEL JACKSON stole the show at the 2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by LUDACRIS. It was a hologram that performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song from his recently released album, “Xscape.”
"Dressed in a white jacket with gold braid and red pants, JACKSON’s hologram -- along with backup dancers -- sang and performed all his best-known dance moves on stage, including his signature moonwalk," reports ABC NEWS. "Spectators in the audience clapped and cheered, and one woman could be seen wiping away tears."
Social media reacted to the performance, with FACEBOOK postings such as:
“It’s kind of creepy. I didn’t like it. I thought it was bad way to honor him,” one FACEBOOK poster wrote.
“That was way too realistic. I mean to the point where it was almost like he was always alive and was in hiding,” posted another.
“Amazing ... but really really creepy. i wonder how his kids felt about that,” wrote yet another.
The night's award winners:
- Top Artist: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
- Top New Artist: LORDE
- Top Male Artist: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
- Top Female Artist: KATY PERRY
- Top Duo/Group: IMAGINE DRAGONS
- Top Billboard 200 Artist: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
- Top Hot 100 Artist: IMAGINE DRAGONS
- Top Digital Songs Artist: KATY PERRY
- Top Radio Songs Artist: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
- Top Touring Artist: BON JOVI
- Top Social Artist: JUSTIN BIEBER
- Top Streaming Artist: MILEY CYRUS
- Top R&B Artist: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
- Top Rap Artist: EMINEM
- Top Country Artist: LUKE BRYAN
- Top Rock Artist: IMAGINE DRAGONS
- Top Latin Artist: MARC ANTHONY
- Top Dance/Electronic Artist: DAFT PUNK
- Top Christian Artist: CHRIS TOMLIN
- Top Billboard 200 Album: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, "The 20/20 Experience"
- Top R&B Album: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, "The 20/20 Experience"
- Top Rap Album: EMINEM, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
- Top Country Album: LUKE BRYAN, "Crash My Party"
- Top Rock Album: IMAGINE DRAGONS, "Night Visions"
- Top Latin Album: MARC ANTHONY, "3.0"
- Top Dance/Electronic Album: DAFT PUNK, "Random Access Memories"
- Top Christian Album: ALAN JACKSON, "Precious Memories: Volume II"
- Top Hot 100 Song: ROBIN THICKE Featuring T.I. & PHARRELL, "Blurred Lines"
- Top Digital Song: ROBIN THICKE, Featuring T.I. & PHARRELL "Blurred Lines"
- Top Radio Song: ROBIN THICKE Featuring T.I. & PHARRELL, "Blurred Lines"
- Top Streaming Song (Audio): IMAGINE DRAGONS, "Radioactive"
- Top Streaming Song (Video): MILEY CYRUS "Wrecking Ball"
- Top R&B Song: ROBIN THICKE Feat. T.I. & PHARRELL, "Blurred Lines"
- Top Rap Song: MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS Featuring RAY DALTON, "Can't Hold Us"
- Top Country Song: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE Featuring NELLY, "Cruise"
- Top Rock Song: LORDE, "Royals"
- Top Latin Song: MARC ANTHONY "Vivir Mi Vida"
- Top Dance/Electronic Song: Avicii "Wake Me Up!"
- Top Christian Song: MATTHEW WEST "Hello, My Name Is"