Michael Jackson Takes Center Stage at Billboard Music Awards

The hologram performance wowed the audience at the Las Vegas awards ceremony.
2:52 | 05/19/14

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We're back now with the biggest moments from last night's billboard music awards. Michael Jackson taking the stage in virtual form. The technology wowing the audience and ABC's Rachel smith is in Las Vegas to tell us how that magic happened. Reporter: Good morning, Lara. I witnessed this last night at the billboard music awards right here at the mgm grand arena in Las Vegas. The late Michael Jackson center stage was definitely the most talked about performance of the night. ? he was a dancing machine. ? the king of pop brought back to life at Sunday's billboard music awards in a groundbreaking mul multidimensional performance from "A slave to the rhythm." M.j. Alongside 16 live dancers on the stage and in the aisle and, of course, moonwalking moving some to tears and bringing the crowd to its seats. His brother, Jackie, the only member of the Jackson family in the audience. Like he was right here with us. I got teary-eyed to see him. It felt like he was here for real. Reporter: Those one-of-a-kind moves reminiscent of the real Michael taking a team of more than 100 dancers, performers and crew over a year to create the history-making number. I think he feels all the hard work we put behind it and is in spirit. Reporter: Exactly how they did it for now is a tightly held secret. Just how those who knew Jackson said he would have wanted it but Jackson's estate did tell us it was not an impersonator nor a hologram like the one used to resurrect tupac shakur at the music festival at Coachella. It's Michael magic. Reporter: They say it was something even newer and more revolutionary and that some of its creator also worked on visually groundbreaking films like "Avatar" and "The curious case of Benjamin button." It almost didn't happen. Two groups tried to pull the curtain. The court quickly striking down the lawsuit allowing the show to go on. And go on, it did. Michael back on stage and history made. You just couldn't beat it. This performance comes on the heels of the release of the second posthumous action called "Xscape," could be the seventh number one album for the king of pop. What a mystery. Unbelievable. Michael magic. Let's just leave it at that. It was him. Michael magic. Well done, indeed.

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