Wednesday, November 15, 2006

WORLD MUSIC AWARDS WEDNESDAY-MIKE J



He came, he saw, he changed his tune.
Disappointing the devoted fans who came out Wednesday just to hear the King of Pop perform "Thriller" at the World Music Awards in London, Jackson instead took to the stage accompanied by a big group of children and sang an abbreviated version of "We Are the World."

The swaying, clapping kids surrounded Jackson as he offered up a few verses of the hit 1985 ballad before accepting the evening's Diamond Award, given to artists who have sold 100 million-plus records.

"There have been so many people who have loved me and stood by me," Jackson said. "I love all the fans from the bottom of my heart."

With that said, he tossed his black jacket into the crowd and exited the stage.

Wednesday marked the 48-year-old artist's first performance since 2000, and first public appearance in Britain since 1997.

Event organizers had said last week that Jackson would perform the title song from his 1982 mega-hit Thriller, to commemorate the album's 25th anniversary. With more than 51 million copies sold in the U.S. and more than 100 million worldwide -thriller is the best selling c/d of all time.

Stopping briefly to chat with journalists on the red carpet, however, Jackson said it was a "misunderstanding" that allowed people to believe he was going to sing "Thriller." Then, when asked where he had been living lately, he replied, "All over the place."

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