Cool and creepy: Watch Michael Jackson’s hologram perform at Billboard Awards

michaeljackson1Some cried and others danced as The King of Pop came back to life Sunday evening at the Billboard Music Awards.

In what was described as both a cool and creepy performance — and an impressive technological feat, no less  — a hologram of the late Michael Jackson moonwalked its way across the stage for four minutes in front of millions around the globe.

Jackson’s hologram performed Slave to the Rhythm, a song off the new posthumous Xscape album, which includes a handful of his unreleased music remixed by a group of today’s top producers.

Sunday night’s production for the Billboard Awards was the result of nearly six months of planning and demonstrated similar CGI technology seen during the Tupac’s performance at Coachella and Celine Deon’s duet with Elvis Presley.

In fact, there was a bit of drama just days before Sunday’s awards show after Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd., two companies that own the rights to the CGI technology used for the Tupac hologram, filed an emergency suit claiming that a competitor was using its product for the hologram of Jackson, who passed away in 2009.

But a Las Vegas judge rejected the suit on Friday, paving the way for a show that featured Jackson’s hologram performing his classic moves with a group of live dancers. The reaction on Twitter was mostly positive, with many noting how oddly realistic the hologram looked:

https://twitter.com/CaringKidrauhl/status/468200845050277889

  • http://www.puzzazz.com/ Roy Leban

    Cool, but not a hologram. It’s Pepper’s Ghost, a centuries old effect used by magicians, updated with better technology. It’s a 2D reflection, not a 3D projection. Music sounded good, though.

  • Glow

    This is necromancy a type of communication with the dead. It is foul and this is why so many people are aware on some spiritual level that this is wrong. It is not of God.

    • Sugarbush43

      Calm down, it wasn’t even him. That was clearly an impersonator. It looked nothing like MJ and didn’t dance nearly as well.