Michael Jackson Booed at World Music Awards
Thu, 16 Nov 2006 10:44:37
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Michael Jackson's performance at the World Music Awards last night (November 15th) in London was supposed to be a triumphant comeback, but instead, the erstwhile King of Pop found himself getting booed by fans and ridiculed by critics for an appearance that was variously described as "embarrassing," "a shambles," and "enough to make you cry. And not in a good way."
Jacko's problems started when he irked some fans by failing to appear outside the venue before the awards show began, and got worse when it was revealed that he would not be performing his classic song "Thriller," as the World Music Awards promoters had originally announced. Teen pop idol Chris Brown performed the song instead, even wearing a red leather jacket similar to Jackson's original. He elicited the evening's first boos.
When Jackson did finally hit the stage, he joined a gospel-style choir for a rendition of the 1985 charity single he co-wrote, "We Are the World." Jackson sang only a couple of lines before the sound was inexplicably cut off, and the boos rained down.
To add insult to injury, a blogger for the website Pop Revenge managed to infiltrate the singers and reported this morning on how incredibly disorganized the whole event was. One member of the "choir" told Pop Revenge's undercover reporter: "It was all so last minute they just took anybody they could get...nobody asked if I could sing or dance or knew the song. Nobody knew what was happening up until moments before." She also said that the singers never rehearsed and were kept in a room all day with no food or information about what song they would be performing.
When the singers were called to join Jacko, they were out in the audience watching the rest of the show. So the Pop Revenge reporter simply mingled with the group as they were rushed backstage. The reporter was nearly allowed onstage for the song before security realized their mistake: "It was amazing....The coordination by Jackson's people was a shambles, I could have been anybody."
When it came time for Jackson to accept his awards -- a Diamond Award for selling more than 100 million albums and a Guinness World Record Award for having the all-time bestselling album with Thriller -- he gave a brief speech thanking family, friends and fans. "I love all my fans from the bottom of my heart," he said.
Many of those fans in attendance had paid up to $700 to see Jackson perform. Jackson reportedly received $400,000 for his appearance.
--The ARTISTdirect Staff