Sources: Billboard | All Things Michael
Via telecast at the 2002 Billboard Music Awards, Chris Tucker presented Michael Jackson with a special Billboard Award for his chart history-making album Thriller.
Nearly five years after his untimely death, Michael Jackson returned to the BBMAs stage in 2014… in hologram form. An animation of the King of Pop was unveiled alongside a slew of dancers, and performed “Slave To The Rhythm,” from the 2014 posthumous album Xscape.
Pat Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown emotionally accepted the Millennium Award on behalf of Whitney Houston onstage at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.
At the 2006 Billboard Music Awards, Stevie Wonder presented classic crooner Tony Bennett with the Billboard Century Award.
On the heels of her success with concept album Rhythm Nation 1814, Janet Jackson walked away with the most awards at 1990’s BBMAs.
In 2006, Janet Jackson treated viewers to a medley of songs both new and old, performing “Control,” “Pleasure Principle” and “So Excited.”
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards, which ABC will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 17.
You can check out the full list of finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at Billboard.com.
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