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Michael Jackson to ‘appear’ at Billboard Awards

Michael Jackson to ‘appear’ at Billboard Awards

NEW ALBUM: Michael Jackson's posthumous album, "Xscape," will be released this month. Photo: Associated Press

Michael Jackson will be brought back to life for one night only at the Billboard Music Awards as part of a world premiere experience planned by the King of Pop’s estate.

The late pop superstar will rise up and “appear” at the ceremony in Las Vegas on May 18, with Billboard organizers insisting it will be “like you’ve never seen him before”.

It has not been revealed exactly how Jackson’s comeback will be staged at the awards show, but reports suggest he’ll appear in hologram form, as Tupac Shakur did at the Coachella festival in California in 2012.

The awards ceremony will take place days after the release of Jackson’s posthumous album, Xscape. The first single from the album, “Love Never Felt So Good,” was released as duet with Justin Timberlake.

The Jackson “experience” will be one of many highlights planned for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards – Miley Cyrus will perform via satellite, while the night’s Icon Award winner Jennifer Lopez, Jason DeRulo and Carrie Underwood will also play live.

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