Despite one tech companies efforts to stop the hologram Michael Jackson performance at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, the show will go on.
A man named Alki David, who claims his company controls the rights to the hologram technology, filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Michael Jackson Estate, MJ’s production company and Dick Clark Productions. In the suit, he asked the court to block the digital performance, similar to his digitally resurrect of Tupac Shakur show at the 2012 Coachella music festival. What’s David reason for filing the suit? He claimed it would ruin HIS plans for a future high-profile holographic Jackson performance.
Well, a federal judge responded the the case on Friday and ruled that the awards show can use a hologram of deceased pop icon. According to the Associated Press, Judge Kent Dawson said there wasn’t “enough evidence to show the planned 3-D image would violate patents held by Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd.”
Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for the MJ Estate, said “This is another Alki David stunt, no different than his claiming that Brandon Howard was Michael Jackson’s son.”
“The court’s decision is not surprising,” he said. “The request to stop this extraordinary Michael Jackson event was ludicrous…and the show goes on.”
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1. 2014 BET Awards Nominations!
The summer is coming and that means award show season is returning! This year, The BET Awards are sure to give us all the performances and O-M-G moments we need. But, for now, we can get excited over the nomination list. Check out this year's nominees and see who we think should win for each category. We wish our favorite celebs the best of luck!
2. Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Nominees: Beyoncé, Janelle Monáe, Jhené Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna, Tamar Braxton These ladies had a banner year. The competition is steep but we think Beyonce will take home this one.
3. Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
Nominees: August Alsina, Chris Brown, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams We can't get Chris Brown's song "Loyal" out of our heads, but Pharrell trumped everyone with his Oscar-nominated song "Happy." We think he'll take home the top prize.
4. Best Group
Nominees: A$AP Mob, Daft Punk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, TGT, Young Money We love our fave solo stars, but there's nothing quite like the harmonization from a boy band! This year, we're rooting for either TGT or Young Money.
5. Best Collaboration
Nominees: August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ (I Luv This), Beyoncé f/ JAY Z (Drunk In Love), Drake f/ Majid Jordan (Hold On (We’re Going Home) ), JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake (Holy Grail), Robin Thicke f/ T.I. & Pharrell Williams (Blurred Lines), YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan (My Hitta) "Who wants that perfect love story anyway?" Come on folks, you know Jay and Bey got this one!
6. Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Nominees: Drake, Future, J. Cole, JAY Z, Kendrick Lamar Now this is a tough one. With Drake and Kendrick at odds and Drake and Jay Z battling over fondue, we think Drake may be crowned the winner as he's had an amazing year with the release of his album "Nothing Was The Same." Kendrick might steal it though. We'll have to wait and see with this one...
7. Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Nominees: Angel Haze, Charli Baltimore, Eve, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj Along with a hit movie, upcoming album and revamped image, Nicki Minaj will obviously take this one home. Sidebar: Why the h*ll was Charlie Baltimore nominated?
8. Video of the Year
Nominees: Beyoncé (Partition), Beyoncé f/ JAY Z (Drunk In Love), Chris Brown (Fine China), Drake (Worst Behavior), Pharrell Williams (Happy) Driver, "roll up the Partition" on the losers...
9. Best New Artist
Nominees: Ariana Grande, August Alsina, Mack Wilds, Rich Homie Quan, ScHoolboy Q A few new artists have been making their mark in music this year, but we think cutie Mack Wilds made the best impression.
10. Best Gospel Artist
Nominees: Donnie McClurkin, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, Tye Tribbett Everyone of these gospel singers have delivered inspirational songs that have gotten us through trying times. Erica jump started her solo career this year and what a debut it was! We want her to win! (And we're looking forward to more music).
11. Best Actress
Nominees: Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong’o, Oprah Winfrey This is a no-brainer, Lupita will take home another trophy that can stand next to her Oscar.
12. Best Actor
Nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart, Michael B. Jordan These male actors also put in work in some of the most-talked about movies of the year. But, considering how we've seen Michael this year in comedy -- "That Awkward Moment" -- after his breakout film, "Fruitvale Station," we think he should take this award home.
13. YoungStars Award
Nominees: Gabrielle Douglas, Jacob Latimore, Jaden Smith, KeKe Palmer, Zendaya Don't let the age of these young stars fool you. Each of them have been working hard this year. But, we think KeKe will be the winner in this category. We also can't wait for her new talk show.
14. Best Movie
Nominees: 12 Years a Slave, The Best Man Holiday, Fruitvale Station, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Lee Daniels’ The Butler These films were some of the most talked-about of the year, but "12 Years A Slave" is still one of our favorites.
15. Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Nominees: Brittney Griner, Lolo Jones, Serena Williams, Skylar Diggins, Venus Williams In case you forgot, Serena is still one of the best to ever play the game of tennis. We know she'll win this trophy.
16. Subway Sportsman of the Year
Nominees: Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Kevin Durant, LeBron James We hope Carmelo takes home this award for being a great athlete, and obviously, being La La Anthony's husband.
17. Centric Award
Nominees: Aloe Blacc (The Man), Jennifer Hudson f/ T.I. (I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel), Jhené Aiko (The Worst), LiV Warfield (Why Do You Lie?), Wale f/ Sam Dew (LoveHate Thing) We're not trying to be bias, but we think Jennifer Hudson has one of the best voices out there and we think she should take home that trophy.
18. Best International Act: UK
Nominees: Dizzee Rascal, Ghetts, Krept & Konan, Laura Mvula, Rita Ora, Tinie Tempah Rita Ora has been out for a while, and we hope she goes home with a trophy this year.