(Las Vegas, NV) Five years after his death, Michael Jackson performed “live” at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night.
The technology aided performance drew mixed reviews.
“Uncomfortable, odd and eerily interesting,” is how public relations agent Simon Smalls summed it up in a tweet. “Not quite sure what to feel. #MissingMJ”
But technology tricked viewers and the celebrity audience in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas into suspending disbelief for a few minutes to watch the pop icon onstage dancing and singing his “new” song “Slave to the Rhythm.”
Ludacris, the rapper-actor who hosted the show, actually introduced it as “Live from the MGM Grand, Michael Jackson.”
It was eerily interesting because the illusion was effective if you didn’t watch too closely or weren’t obsessively familiar with Jackson’s dancing, walking and appearance.