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Michael Jackson Hologram Debuts on Billboard Music Awards

On a night that was chock-full of eye-opening performances from some of today’s hottest stars, a hologram might have stolen the show at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.

Almost five years after his death, a hologram of Michael Jackson appeared during the program, starting with the King of Pop sitting on a throne with a backdrop that looked like a Dangerous-era set. Accompanied by real-life dancers dressed in SWAT team uniforms, the spectral Jackson proceeded to dance and moonwalk across the stage to the previously unreleased “Slave to the Rhythm.” The upbeat track was pulled from the Jackson family archives and joined several other numbers that were given a modern makeover by producers like L.A. Reid, Timbaland and Babyface for the posthumous album Xscape.

In addition to the Jackson hologram, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood teamed up for a duet of the song “Somethin’ Bad,” Katy Perry played her hit “Birthday” remotely from London, and Miley Cyrus and Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips covered the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” from Manchester, England.

A lot of hardware was given out, as well. Justin Timberlake took home seven awards, including Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album (The 20/20 Experience). Imagine Dragons earned five awards in categories like Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Duo/Group and Top Rock Artist, while the song “Blurred Lines” won Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams four trophies.

Watch the Jackson performance below and click here for a full list of winners.

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