He performed “Slave To The Rhythm,” the latest track off his posthumous Xscape album, which was released on May 13, and debuted at #1 in 50 different countries. The Timbaland produced single is combination of old school Jackson with a dash of “Bad” and “Dangerous.”
A dancing S.W.A.T team marched onto the stage as Jackson sat in a golden throne suited for a king. The “Billie Jean” singer wore red tight pants and a golden embroidered military jacket - a signature ensemble of his past performances.
Thrills and chills channeled through the star-studded audience as they watched in amazement and some even wiped their tears at the thought of seeing Jackson perform once again.
Controversy soon followed after fans across the Twitter-verse expressed discontent, dubbing the performance creepy and others praised it as spectacular.
Days before the ceremony, a Nevada federal judge dropped a lawsuit between Hologram USA and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. denying the Billboard Awards permission to proceed with Jackson’s virtual performance.
Similar to the late Tupac Shakur’s performance at the 2012 Coachella Music Festival, a hologram was also used to bring the rapper back to life alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Though it received positive reviews, it was debated that Tupac’s representation was a projection and not a hologram.
It was indeed a “once in a lifetime,” experience as host Ludacris recalled and despite the criticism, Michael Jackson continues to make an impact in music today with or without technology.
Xscape is now available on iTunes