Usher Performs Michael Jackson's New Song in iHeartRadio Awards Tribute

7:01 PM PST 05/01/2014 by Debbie Emery

Jackson's track "Love Never Felt So Good" was debuted during a special performance in front of a live audience at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium on Thursday, almost five years after his death.

Touted as celebrating the past, present and future in music, the iHeartMusic Awards remembered the King of Pop when Usher debuted a new Michael Jackson song.

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The R&B singer brought down the house at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Thursday when he took to the stage for the never before heard track, "Love Never Felt So Good."

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To begin the special segment, dancers in Jackson's signature black and white ensemble moonwalked up to a wall and spray-painted graffiti as digital images of Michael scrolled across.

Usher then recreated his own version of the famous move as he sidled down the walkway dressed in gold and black, ending up on a surprised guest's table. 

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The song was written in 1983 in a session with Paul Anka and Kathy Wakefield. In 198, Johnny Mathis released a version. The latest rendition comes as the five year anniversary of Jackson's 2009 death approaches on June 25. 

Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige are two of the featured artists on the posthumous album of Jackson's unfinished work titled Xscape from Epic Records that will be released on May 13. 

Fans had anticipated that Timberlake would take to the stage, having shared the cover photo for "Love Never Felt So Good" on his Instagram earlier in the day.

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