Jackson to perform 'Thriller' in awards show


LONDON - Reclusive superstar Michael Jackson plans a dramatic comeback later this month with a performance of his classic song "Thriller," the organizers of a music awards ceremony said on Wednesday.

The 48-year-old superstar has been a virtual recluse since his acquittal of child molestation charges in June, 2005, dividing much of his time between Bahrain and Ireland.

Last month the World Music Awards announced that Jackson would appear in London to accept a Diamond Award that goes to artists who sell more than 100 million records worldwide, and this week they confirmed Jackson's intention to perform.

"Yes, it's his first performance in a long time," said a spokeswoman at Outside Organization, one of the public relations companies publicizing the event. "It's something of a comeback if you like."

The choice of song coincides with the 25th anniversary of Jackson's "Thriller" album, one of the biggest selling records of all time.

Jackson has said he planned to move to Europe in a bid to resurrect his musical career, and in April a record label said he intended to make a new album to be released in 2007.

As well as Jackson's eagerly awaited return, U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan will host the awards show on November 15, and Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Andrea Bocelli will perform on the night.

The World Music Awards are based on artists' sales as opposed to votes from the public or a panel of judges.