Ne-Yo, Melanie Fiona, & Swizz Beatz Honor Michael Jackson at BAD25 Concert

Melanie Fiona

On what would have been his 54th birthday, some of the artists Michael Jackson inspired gathered to celebrate his birthday and the 25th anniversary of his iconic album Bad. Melanie Fiona, Ne-Yo, and Swizz Beatz were among those who paid tribute to the King of Pop by covering his Bad classics at the BAD25 Pepsi & Billboard Summer Beats Celebration at Gotham Hall in New York City on Wednesday night.

“Is the world ready to celebrate Michael Jackson?” asked Melanie Fiona, who served up a soulful set of her own hits plus covers of “Dirty Diana” and “Bad.”

Ne-Yo channeled his idol on “Smooth Criminal” and “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and dueted with his artist RaVaughn Brown on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” “You try Michael Jackson songs and hope that it works, so with that said I hope I made Mike proud just now,” said the R&B gent, who also performed new material off his upcoming album R.E.D., due in November.

A 25th anniversary edition of Bad featuring remixes, remastered hits, and unreleased demos will be released on September 18.

If you missed the live stream, you can watch some of the highlights below.

Ne-Yo – “Smooth Criminal”

Ne-Yo – “The Way You Make Me Feel”

Ne-Yo & RaVaughn Brown – “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”

Melanie Fiona – “Dirty Diana”

Melanie Fiona – “Bad”

Melanie Fiona – “This Time”

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7 Comments

  1. Abamson smart

    Swiz ur outfit so 9ce lyk ur production,baf boy

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    Roman Emperor: Commenter Formerly Known as Roman Empire Reply:

    @Abamson smart, Mel Fiona the realest bitch on this post. Used to like Swizz but he be on some foolishness rt and I can’t condone..plus he a hoe. And Neyo just plain irrelevant, heard some hoe say he bringing back Motown the other day? NO BITCH, you need talent for that. But I see you 4am!

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  2. 2bad2bme

    Why is every one’s album being named red now: The Game, Taylor Swift, Ne-Yo…like #wth

    and Adrienne honey no shade but if you are not making music anymore i don’t want to keep keep seeing you in these pix you need to disappear

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  3. ayo!

    who auniie is that? lol

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  4. ayo!

    auntie**

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  5. TheDreamer

    Amazing performances. They did a really great job.

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  6. 4/4/2012 Part Bulioeez

    they did a really Nice Job and I Like Melaine F outfit

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