The King of Pop was a sensation a the 2014 Billboard Awards ceremony with the assistance of a sophisticated hologram. Michael Jackson, in hologram form, performed “Slave to the Rhythm,” a song from Jackson’s new posthumous album “Xscape. “
Performing “along with a plethora of background dancers, beaming lights and fire blasts,” NBC News reports “It was easily the biggest moment at the awards show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.”
The hologram performance was not without its controversy. As The Guardian reports, there were legal issues that could have blocked the performance.
Ahead of the ceremony in Las Vegas, there was much speculation to whether the hologram would feature at the event. It wasn’t until two days before the awards that federal judge Kent Dawson ruled that Billboard could use the digital projection of the singer, after claims that the 3D image would violate patents held by Hologram USA Inc and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. Efforts from tech companies seeking to block the digital performance were rejected on Friday.
You can watch the performance, below, courtesy of the Michael Jackson VEVO channel on YouTube, followed by a short news clip from NBC regarding the legal controversy surrounding the performance.
Michael Jackson – Slave To The Rhythm
Michael Jackson Hologram Sparks Buzz