Michael Jackson was booed off stage following his pop comeback at the World
Music Awards last night (11.15.06).
The eccentric singer, who seemed to be suffering from stage fright,
struggled to hit the high notes and looked uncomfortable throughout his
performance of 'We Are The World'.
The singer only delivered a handful of lines before being booed off stage.
Jackson was accompanied by a children's gospel choir who sang most of the
song before the 48-year-old even made it onstage.
When he did eventually appear, his loyal fans - some of whom had paid £500
to see him for the first time in the UK in almost a decade - were left
disappointed as Jackson managed to only sing a few lines of the chorus,
instead preferring to wave to the crowd and shout "I love you!"
One fan said: "It was such an anti-climax. All night the crowd were cheering
his named and we waited for ages before he finally came on stage to sing.
"The choir sang the whole song, I could only hear him mumble a few lines. He
looked lost and didn't even attempt to try and dance. Everyone thought he
would sing 'Thriller'. So much for the return of the King of Pop, it was
Jackson, dressed in his trademark black, threw his sequin jacket into the
crowd, posed with the choir and left the stage - after only four minutes.
Fans had been expecting Jackson to perform his seminal hit 'Thriller', but
that was performed earlier in the night by new US star Chris Brown.
Brown - dressed in a tribute red and black leather jacket - was joined by a
troop of 'zombie' dancers.
Jackson was given the Diamond Award which honours artists who have sold more
than 100 million records.
Introducing Jackson to the stage, Beyoncé Knowles gushed: "Tonight we are
celebrating 25 years of 'Thriller'," referring to his hit album. If it wasn'
t for Michael Jackson I would never have ever performed. I love you, we all
As Jackson accepted the award, he thanked his fans and family for remaining
He said: "I am greatly humbled by this award. It was my dream that 'Thriller'
would be the biggest-selling album ever and God has answered my prayers.
"So many people have loved me and stood by me. I thank my children for their
unconditional support and love. I also thank my mom and dad, my brothers and
my sisters. I love all my fans from the bottom of my heart."
Jackson's appearance at London's Earl Court had sparked a frenzy among fans,
with hundreds waiting outside the venue for hours hoping to catch a glimpse
of their idol.
Winners on the night included, Madonna who was awarded World's Best Pop
Artist, Nelly Furtado for World's Best Pop/Rock Artist and Beyoncé for World
's Best R 'n' B Artist.
Performances by Beyoncé, Nelly Furtado and Andrea Bocelli were the
highlights of the evening, and the ceremony was presented by Lindsay Lohan.
2006 World Music Awards Full list of winners:
World's Best Pop Artist - Madonna
World's Best Pop/Rock Artist - Nelly Furtado
World's Best Rock Group - Nickelback
World's Best R'n'B Artist - Beyoncé
World's Best Rap/ Hip Hop Artist - Kanye West
World's Best Latin Artist - Shakira
World's Best DJ - Bob Sinclair
World's Best New Artist - James Blunt
Diamond Award - Michael Jackson
Best-Selling Arabic Artist - Elissa
Best-Selling British Artist - James Blunt
Best-Selling German Artist - Tokio Hotel
Best-Selling Irish Artist - Enya
Best-Selling Italian Artist - Andrea Bocelli
Best-Selling Russian Artist - Dima Bilan