Billboard Stars Talk MJ's Holographic Return!
By ZACH SEEMAYER
May 19, 2014
The 2014 Billboard Music Awards were a night of huge stars and giant performances, and perhaps no star was bigger and no performance more epic than that by a musical genius who isn't even alive anymore, the late Michael Jackson.
Brought back to "life" by the magic of holographic technology, the iconic King Of Pop appeared for a hotly-anticipated number, during which he broke out many of his legendary moves and "performed" the song Slave To The Rhythm off his new posthumously-release album Xscape.
ET's Rocsi Diaz was on the red carpet at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, and she asked the stars the burning question: Was Michael's holographic return from beyond cool or kind of creepy? And while the stars were split, everyone was eagerly anticipating the spectacle.
"He's with us, and he will never die. His music still has a heavy impact on us," said Latin music megastar Ricky Martin. "And the fact that we're going to be there, seeing his performance? It's magical."
Hip Hop starlet Nicki Minaj also chimed in with words of support for the show-stopping high tech musical stunt.
"I'm excited," said Minaj. "I mean, anything involving Michael Jackson, I think we all become like kids again, and really excited. So I'm looking forward to it."
However, some of the night's big names had their reservations. Billionaire entrepreneur and business mogul Mark Cuban said that he was excited to see the performance from a technological stand-point, but he still felt the holographic resurrection seemed a little strange.
"Being a tech geek, I'll be all geeked out about it, but it's bizarre," said Cuban.
The idea of bringing a beloved performer back from the grave using holographic technology made massive waves and hit major headlines when hip hop legend Tupac performed at Coachella in 2012. For clarification, Tupac was killed in 1996 when he was fatally shot in Las Vegas.
Michael Jackson, who died in 2009 at the age of 50 from cardiac arrest due to an unintentional overdose of prescription drugs, would be 55 today, and his second posthumous album Xscape was released on May 9.
Check out the video for more celeb reactions to Michael's holographic performance, and hear from Michael's brother Jackie Jackson on his reaction to his late brother's newest album.