A Michael Jackson hologram made an appearance yesterday at the Billboard Music Awards. The deceased’s image materialized, throwing out signature moves, moonwalking its way through pyrotechnics as it performed the singer’s recently released Slave to the Rhythm.
The King of Pop was not the first artist to perform from the grave; let’s not forget Tupac’s 2012 Coachella resurrection. Also, Elvis Presley’s hologram performed alongside Celine Dion on American Idol in 2007. (Can holograms turn over in their graves?) The reason last night’s performance was different? Neither of the other musical icons’ real-life selves paid over $15 million to settle child molestation charges.
The Billboard Music Award finale was a closely guarded secret, though a spoiler alert went out days before the ceremony when on Friday a federal judge tossed out a patent troll’s lawsuit from tech companies alleging the hologram would violate their patents.
Accompanied by a plethora of background dancers, beaming lights and fire blasts, the Jackson hologram performance apparently looked so real that some members of the audience got emotional.
All I’d suggest is, parents: don’t let you kids go to the wrap party at hologram Neverland Ranch. Now enjoy a clip of last night’s performance.