To be perfectly honest I’m only really shocked at the fact that it took this long for it to happen. The glitz, the glamour, the can’t-read-for-shit that is the Billboard Music Awards had one last surprise up its bedazzled sleeves: A performance from the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson.
Never one to be held back by his untimely death in 2009, the Thriller himself stunned crowds by appearing on stage sitting atop a throne befitting he who is truly Dangerous.
Through all manner of witchcraft and sorcery, Jackson’s image was splashed across the entire length of the award show stage, as “he” thundered through a “performance” of “Slave to the Rhythm” which appears on the late singer’s recent posthumously released album Xscape.
The show’s producers had tried to keep the appearance quiet, but had trouble doing so when people who prefer money over bizarre and possibly creepy nostalgia begun getting uppity over the fact that Tupac did it first.
But enough pointless nattering, decide for yourselves. Genuine, heartfelt tribute to one of the highest selling artists of all time? Or kind of weird and needless liberty taken upon the legacy of a dead man, that’s really only one step above a nightclub tribute act?