Michael Jackson Hologram Was Controversial Highlight Of Billboard Awards

May 20, 2014


Last night the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, played host to the annual Billboard Music Awards show and was hosted by our old friend Ludacris.  Superstar music artists Lorde, Justin Timberlake and Imagine Dragons lead the nominations and duly went home weighed down with awards!

However, it’s the performances we were most excited for and with the likes of Iggy Azalea bringing her edgy hip hop track “Fancy” (as well as joining Ariana Grande on her hit track “Problem”), Ricky Martin bringing back “Vida” and Katy Perry performing her disco inspired “Birthday” (albeit on a video play-back), the arena was jumping and so were we!

Add into the mix a performance of Lorde’s softly melodic “Tennis Court” and some seriously smooth vocals from a John Legend performance and we will all had a chance to breathe again!

A slightly intimidated Miranda Lambert teamed up with country sensation Carrie Underwood on the rock ballad “Something Bad” for the first time. “I’m gonna be really nervous to sing with Carrie. It will be the first time we sing it live together. That’s the fun part, though,” Miranda told reporters.

Robin Thicke took to the Billboard stage to sing “Get Her Back” in a rumoured bid to win his estranged wife back,  meanwhile, the legendary R&B/pop princess, Jennifer Lopez, performed “First Love” and also received the Icon Award.

Other performers on the night included Luke Bryan, Shakira, Jason Derulo, 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, One Republic, Pitbull and Miley Cyrus (via a satellite link).


As if that wasn’t enough of a feast for our ears and eyes, a hologram of the late, great,  icon of pop, Michael Jackson ‘performing’ his posthumous track “Slave To The Rhythm” featured and arguably became the highlight of the night for many people. A step too far? Or simply an opportunity to celebrate the king of pop who’s album “Xscape” is currently topping the album charts worldwide?


Let us know your thoughts by tweeting @weknowthedj

-Lucy Jenkins.


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