Michael Jackson waves after receiving his World
Music Award for world's best-selling album of all time,'Thriller,' at the Monte
Carlo Sporting Club, on May 8, 1996. Jackson received five World Music Awards at
the ceremony. Jackson will perform 'Thriller' from his famed 1982 album in a
rare public appearance at the World Music Awards in London next week, organizers
of the awards said Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
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
Jackson has spent time in Bahrain and Ireland since he was acquitted of child
molestation charges in June 2005, making few public appearances.
"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.