A Hologram of Michael Jackson Rocks the Billboard Music Awards

Posted on May 22 2014 - 3:43pm by Paul

Michael Jackson got a standing ovation at the recent Billboard Music Awards, but that wasn’t the strangest part of the performance.

The weirdest part of the whole thing is that the singer died in 2009. However, for four minutes the deceased King of Pop danced, sung and even did the moonwalk up on the stage. The weird show was thanks to the use of a hologram of Michael Jackson.

Not Enough Evidence to Stop the Show

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Right up until the last minute it wasn’t clear whether the show’s organisers would get the legal go-ahead for the use of the hologram technology. Eventually, a federal judge rules that the protests made by Hologram USA Inc and Musion Das Hologram Ltd, were lacking in evidence. These companies used their technology to show a hologram of deceased rapped Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Music Festival in 2012. Attorney Howard Weitzman represented Jackson’s estate in the case and he said that the protest to try and stop the show going ahead was “ludicrous”.

The dead signer performed his posthumous single Slave to the Rhythm in a performance that apparently took 6 months to create and get right. The song that the hologram of Michael Jackson sung is from his new posthumous album that is called Xscape. The amazing performance started off with the singer on a throne and then moved on to show him dancing on the stage wearing red trousers and a gold jacket while surrounded by other dancers.

Did you catch the hologram performance? What did you think of it?

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