Michael Jackson Hologram Wows Billboard Awards

'Creepily real' moonwalker performs new hit

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 19, 2014 3:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Justin Timberlake was the big winner at last night's Billboard Music Awards but the real star was his idol: Michael Jackson. The singer was resurrected as a hologram that performed his "new" hit "Slave to the Rhythm" off his posthumous album in front of a thrilled crowd at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena, reports the New York Daily News, which found the late singer's hologram to be "creepily real" as it moonwalked across the stage. Timberlake won a total of seven prizes, including top artist, NBC reports. "I want to thank everybody on Earth ... except Donald Sterling," he said, accepting his award from overseas via video. (For more from the awards, click to see the best, worst, and wackiest outfits.)

Jennifer Lopez performs on stage at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
In this Feb. 24, 1988 photo, Michael Jackson dances during the opening performance of a 13-city US tour.   (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa, file)
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