Michael Jackson would have given his hologram at the Billboard Music Awards a “thumbs up”.
The late superstar made a surprising appearance at last night’s annual ceremony via a hologram performance which made it look eerily like he was actually up on stage.
The visual projection delighted audience members and fans watching at home, with Michael’s older brother Jackie giving it the Jackson seal of approval.
“I’ve been hearing about the hologram, and people were talking about it, but to see it with my own eyes was incredible, amazing,” he gushed to People.
“When he got up and started walking around – oh, my God … When he started dancing, unbelievable. It took me back. If Michael were here he would say thumbs up!”
Jackie, along with brothers Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael made up The Jackson 5, the family band that launched Michael’s momentous career.
Although the star passed away in 2009, he’s just scored his latest number one album with the posthumous record Xscape going straight to the top of the UK charts. It features eight previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1983 and 2009 that have been reworked by top producers including Timberland.
At the Billboard Awards the King of Pop was introduced by Ludacris. The hologram performed Slave to the Rhythm, and even moonwalked across the stage.
Following the show Puff Daddy took to his Twitter account to declare his joy at seeing Michael back on stage.
“Long live the KING!!! #MJ #TheGREATEST (sic),” he posted to his 9.6million followers.
“Michael Jackson’s Hologram performance at the Billboard Awards was Amazing. (sic),” echoed the Wu Tang Clan.
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