Thursday night, NBC aired the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards. The star-studded L.A. event honored the best music on the radio this year. And while Rihanna was the big winner of the night—she won Artist of the Year, Song of the Year ("Stay"), Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year ("Pour It Up"), AND Best Fan Army (huh?)—it was another R&B star who ended up stealing the show.
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But this time, it wasn't Usher's silky smooth voice that got people talking, nor was it his swoon-worthy looks...although, they certainly didn't hurt. (Amiright?!) Nope, this time around, Mr. Entertainment had a little help from the late great King of Pop: Michael Jackson.
Lights, colors, dancers, MJ! Ahhh! (Photo by Getty Images)
When MJ passed in 2009, he left behind some unreleased songs. The album, Michael (2010),featured a few of them, but fans have eagerly awaited the next installment of previously unheard MJ ever since.
At the awards show on Thursday, they were in for a surprise treat. A group of stellar dancers came together to help debut "Love Never Felt So Good," a song Jackson wrote back in 1983. The performers took inspiration from MJ's iconic dance style (moonwalks galore), against a background of flashing digital images of the King of Pop, himself.
Midway through the act, Usher appeared on a grand staircase (naturally). And when he threw in a couple of Jacksonian moves, the crowd. went. wild.
Xscape, a whole new album of never-before-heard Michael Jackson songs, comes out on May 13. But in the meantime, you can download "Love Never Felt So Good" on iTunes!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Liz Imperio teaching at Hollywood Vibe, Courtesy of Hollywood Vibe
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