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(CNN) — Michael Jackson’s « live » performance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards brought a mixed reaction Sunday night.
« Uncomfortable, odd and eerily interesting, » is how public relations agent Simon Smalls summed it up in a tweet. « Not quite sure what to feel. #MissingMJ »
Uncomfortable because Jackson died nearly five years while preparing for a comeback tour. His remains are resting in a crypt in a Forest Lawn mausoleum.
But technology tricked viewers — and the celebrity audience in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas — into suspending disbelief for a few minutes to watch the pop icon onstage dancing and singing his « new » song « Slave to the Rhythm. »
Ludacris, the rapper-actor who hosted the show, actually introduced it as « Live from the MGM Grand, Michael Jackson. »
« He’s baaaccck! » Mark Cuban, the owner of an NBA team and TV channel, tweeted about Jackson’s « hologram. » Cuban added…