Michael Jackson Hologram Performs at Billboard Music Awards — Eerily Good or Bad? (VIDEO)
Michael Jackson sang about a "Slave to the Rhythm" at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 18 — while the rest of us were slaves to three-and-a-half minutes of watching a hologram version of the late King of Pop dance around the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage.
As the curtains rose, we saw an image of M.J. straddling an ornate throne in a gilded room. As he started "singing" — "Slave to the Rhythm" being one of the songs featured on the May 13 album Xscape — he broke into his signature dance style, seamlessly joined on stage by in-the-flesh backup dancers as the set transformed and set off pyrotechnics behind them.
The hologram wasn't the first time Michael has posthumously performed. Epic Records have released two albums since his tragic 2009 death at the age of 50 — 2010's Michael and this month's Xscape — comprised of previously unreleased tracks.
The decision to release the music is controversial enough let alone the choice to create a hologram. Both albums have come under fire for being released without Michael's consent — with work he may not have wanted to be made public.
But the Billboard Music Awards took the resurrection a step further with this hologram. Though the simulation undoubtedly has Michael's dance moves down pat and can almost pass off as realistic from a distance, its facial expressions don't exactly look human. So we're split — it's both scary and scary good.
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