Although Michael Jackson passed away in June of 2009, “he” was one of the most talked about “live” performances last night at the Billboard Awards 2014 on stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. How is that possible you ask? Well, some incredible Hologram technology made it possible for Tupac to do the same thing years after his death at Coachella in 2012 together with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

Although you can hardly tell the difference looking at the video, your mind knows that you are looking at a performance of a hologram and not ‘the real thing’, since the real thing is no longer with us. It’s an amazing piece of work, that has taken lots of time to create and to perfect into detail.

Michael Jackson @ the Billboard Awards 2014
Michael Jackson @ the Billboard Awards 2014 (image credit: Billboard Awards)

On May 9th of this year, previously unreleased (and unfinished) songs by Michael Jackson were released on a new album called XSCAPE. They were ‘contemporized’ by the skillful hands of L.A. Reid,  Timbaland, Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins, Stargate and John McClain. One of the first songs of the album to hit the airwaves is the song: “Love never felt so good” (a duet with Justin Timberlake). The song that was performed at the Billboard awards yesterday however, was  the song “Slave to the rhythm“.

A shot from the performance by Michael Jackson at the Billboard Awards 2014 (image credit: Billboard Awards)
The performance by Michael Jackson at the Billboard Awards 2014 (image credit: Billboard Awards)

I watched the video and a part of me was in awe about the incredible technology that made this performance possible and another part of me didn’t really know what to think, since Michael is no longer with us and it felt a tiny bit awkward. That had absolutely nothing to do with the quality of the hologram or the choreography or even the song. It’s the mere fact that it’s kinda messes with my brain to know I am looking at someone perform ‘live’ while they are no longer alive. Maybe I should just get over it, because I watch ‘dead people’ on TV and in films all of the time and I’m not questioning that technology either. Anyway, having said all that, it really is something should see. So take a look and judge for yourself.

Still in awe,
Fauzia

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