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On what already promises to be one of the year’s stand-out music events, the 2014 BBMAs is raising the bar even higher with a world premiere experience featuring the late King of Pop.
The estate of Michael Jackson created the spot, which will present the superstar “like you’ve never seen him before.”
It’s sure to be a thriller, but the finer details remains under lock-and-key.
This year’s ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 18 in Las Vegas. ABC will broadcast the show live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena and Yahoo will be streaming the red carpet show.
Performers on the night include Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, 5 Seconds of Summer, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Derulo, Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, John Legend, OneRepublic, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Presenters for the event include Jordin Sparks, Kelly Rowland, Pete Wentz and Wiz Khalifa, among others.
The BBMAs provide a high-profile launch pad for Jackson’s posthumous album Xscape, which comes out on May 13.
Xscape is eight tracks of Jackson vocals set to new music from Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, John McClain, Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and Timbaland, who is executive producer of the album. The originals they worked with were recorded from 1983 to 1999.
The first single from the album, “Love Never Felt So Good” — produced by Jackson, McClain, Giorgio Tuinfort and Paul Anka — was released last week. A duet version of “Love Never Felt So Good,” with Jackson and Justin Timberlake, and produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and J-Roc, appeared soon after.