Michael Jackson to Return to Spotlight With 'Thriller' Performance
LONDON – Michael Jackson will perform "Thriller" from his famed 1982 album in a rare public appearance at the World Music Awards next week, organizers said Wednesday.
The 48-year-old reclusive pop star will receive a Diamond Award, given to artists who sell more than 100 million albums, at the Nov. 15 ceremony in London.
Jackson has spent time in Bahrain and Ireland since he was acquitted of child molestation charges in June 2005, making few public appearances.
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"Thriller" won eight Grammy Awards and became one of the best-sellers of all time, selling over 50 million copies. Along with the title track, the album includes "Billie Jean" and "Beat It."
Jackson last performed in Britain in 1997.
Monaco hosted the World Music Awards for 15 years before the event moved to the United States in 2004 and 2005.
Lindsay Lohan is scheduled to host this year's event at Earls Court Arena with performances by Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Katie Melua and Andrea Bocelli.
Previous recipients of the Diamond Award include Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. The annual show business awards select winners based on the strength of their worldwide record sales.