Nearly five years after Michael Jackson's death, the King of Pop made a surprise appearance at last night's Billboard Awards...in hologram-form!
Though the idea of resurrecting departed stars as holograms has incited controversy in recent years, the icon's brother, Jackie Jackson, admits to tearing up over the life-like image.
"When he started walking and dancing, I was teary-eyed," he said after the performance. "It's hard to please Michael's fans and Michael...I'm telling you it's amazing."
Playing "Slave to the Rhythm" off the posthumously released Xscape album, hologram Michael was accompanied by real dancers for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Back in 2012, when a hologram of rapper Tupac Shakur stunned fans at the Coachella music festival, a heated debate began over whether it was right to "recreate" these stars for the purpose of entertainment.
National Post writer Matt Gurney said at the time, "The technology is undeniably impressive. But Shakur is not a fictional character, owned by a studio, but a real-life human being."
He continued, "His work may be owned and licensed, but not his entire being. It is impossible to know how he'd have felt about being on that stage."
Despite some negative feelings about the hologram, the Jackson family was in full support of the performance, according to Billboard.com.
Watch it below!
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