Michael Jackson Comeback! NOT!
So much for Michael's so-called "comeback".
Or here's an even more harsh view (People prettied their's up):
Michael Jackson Disappoints in Stage Return
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2006 09:20AM EST
By Monique Jessen
Michael Jackson made his long-awaited live stage comeback Wednesday night in London at the World Music Awards.
His fans were left, at the very least, disappointed. And the press reports were scathing.
"Jackson the flop," reads the Daily Mail's online headline Thursday. Of his performance – Jackson's first since he was cleared of child-molestation charges last year – the paper said, "It was enough to make you cry. And not in a good way."
An "embarrassing comeback" said the Mirror, making note that Jackson only sang four lines during his performance. And, in its review, the Sun gave Jackson one out of a possible five stars.
After an hour of the crowd's waiting and anticipating, Jackson, 48, finally came on stage to accept the Diamond Award from Beyonce, who said: "If it wasn't for Michael Jackson, I would have never, ever performed. He has made such an impact on my life and every performer's life. Michael Jackson, I love you!"
Driven to the stage in a blacked-out Mercedes surrounded by more than 20 security guards, Jackson grasped the award but had to wait for the crowd's screams to die down before he could be heard.
"There have been so many who have loved me and stood by me throughout my 42 years I have been part of this business," he said. "I would like to thank my wonderful children, Paris, Prince, and Blanket, for their unconditional love and support."
Jackson then disappeared off stage, leaving R&B star Chris Brown to perform his version of "Thriller," backed by a dozen zombie dancers.
It was past 10:30 p.m. by the time Jackson finally performed his few lines, of "We Are The World," backed by a group of young children. Observers noted he failed to hit some of the higher notes.
Throwing his sparkly Roberto Cavalli jacket into the crowd did cause a sensation – as well as a gasp from the designer himself, who was dancing with Paris Hilton and Jade Jagger in the VIP area. Also attending: Nelly Furtado, Andrea Bocelli, Katie Melua, Tommy Hilfiger, Rihanna, Rachel Hunter and Eva Herzigova.
Lindsay Lohan who hosted the show, told PEOPLE before Jackson's appearance: "It's been a long night but I'm very excited, the 'Thriller' costumes are amazing." The actress had a rough time of it with the crowd, too. She was booed twice for flubbing her lines.
Michael Jackson: 'Stinker'
Nov 16, 2006, 12:10 GMT
Michael Jackson was booed off stage following his pop comeback at the World Music Awards last night (15.11.06).
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 embarrassing."
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 love you."
As Jackson accepted the award, he thanked his fans and family for remaining loyal.
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.