Billboard Music Awards Wows (and Horrifies) Us With Michael Jackson Hologram Performance; See Who Won at the Show

Posted by Billy Gil, May 19, 2014 04:43pm | Post a Comment

Whoever greenlighted that Michael Jackson hologram thing knew what they were doing.

The Billboard Music Awards, which took place last night, haven’t always gotten the press the Grammys get. But last night’s show got people talking by taking the hologram performance concept that first gained notoriety in 2012 when a hologram Tupac performed at Coachella and applied it to none other than the late King of Pop.

I’m not sure how horrified to feel by this. The hologram looked pretty real, but at no point was I fooled into thinking that was Michael Jackson moonwalking across the stage, and judging by audience reaction in the video, I’m not alone. I think the hologram thing is a fluke that will go away. This notion that we’re gonna just replace dead rock stars or those who can’t be there with holograms and sell out arenas and tours is a little ridiculous—it’s a fad. At least “Slave to the Rhythm” is a pretty good song, from the better than expected posthumous release Xscape, although it’s not quite as good as “Love Never Felt So Good,” which should win “best song of 2014 that was mostly recorded in 1983” at some award show.

See a partial list of the Billboard Award winners below:

Top Artist: Justin Timberlake

Top Hot 100 Song: Robin Thicke feat. T.I. & Pharrell – “Blurred Lines” (off the album Blurred Lines)

Top Billboard 200 Album: Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience

Top Duo/Group: Imagine Dragons

Top New Artist: Lorde

Top Male Artist: Justin Timberlake

Top Female Artist: Katy Perry

Top R&B Artist: Justin Timberlake

Top Rap Artist: Eminem

Top Country Arist: Luke Bryan

Top Rock Artist: Imagine Dragons

Top Latin Artist: Marc Anthony

Top Dance/Electronic Artist: Daft Punk

Top R&B Album: Justin TimberlakeThe 20/20 Experience

Top Rap Album: Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

Top Rock Album: Imagine Dragons Night Visions

Top Latin Album: Marc Anthony 3.0

Top Dance/Electronic Album: Daft Punk Random Acceess Memories


A full list of winners can be found here.

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