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Ne-Yo channels Jackson on late singer's birthday
Aug. 30, 2012, 7:49 AM EST
NEW YORK (AP) -- Ne-Yo channeled Michael Jackson on the late singer's 54th birthday
at an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the King of Pop's multiplatinum
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Ne-Yo performed "Smooth Criminal," ''I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and "The
Way You Make Me Feel" on Wednesday night at New York's Gotham Hall, imitating
Jackson's signature dance moves and vocal tones.
The R&B singer said in an interview ahead of his performance: "You just
don't do a Michael song, you try and do the best you can." He also said he
learned how to sing because of Jackson and that the icon's musical influence was
"tattooed" on his heart.
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Singer Melanie Fiona also performed at the Pepsi and Billboard event. The
Grammy winner belted covers of "Bad" and "Dirty Diana."
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