Watch a Michael Jackson Hologram Perform ‘Slave To the Rhythm’ at Billboard Music Awards

By Shannon Carlin

Elvis and Tupac have done it and now you can add Michael Jackson to the list. Yes, last night (May 18) MJ became a hologram for a performance at the Billboard Music Awards.

Dressed in similar duds to what he wore during his Dangerous days he performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song he originally recorded with L.A. Reid and Babyface during the Dangerous sessions in 1991, but was recently released on the posthumous album, XSCAPE. 

Jackson’s hologram showed off some of his signature moves, next to a team of 16 human dancers. Unfortunately, the hologram just didn’t have the same smoothness of the real King of Pop. 

Related: Hear Michael Jackson’s New Song ‘Slave To The Rhythm’

It certainly wasn’t easy to get Michael back to the stage five years after his passing though. According to Billboard, it took “nearly half a year of planning, choreography and filming,” along with the development of new technology.

Technology that the company, Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd., which is responsible for creating the Tupac hologram, said it was actually theirs.

Related: Justin Bieber & Michael Jackson Collaboration Coming, Promises L.A. Reid

According to CBS Los Angeles, Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. sued Jackson’s estate and producers of the awards show Thursday (May 15) in a  Nevada federal court, but the judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to show that “the planned 3-D image would violate patents held by Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd.”

Watch the clip of Michael Jackson below.


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