Ne-Yo marks Jackson's birthday

Salisbury Journal: Ne-Yo has revealed Michael Jackson inspired him to sing Ne-Yo has revealed Michael Jackson inspired him to sing

Ne-Yo channelled Michael Jackson on the late singer's 54th birthday at an event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the King of Pop's multi-platinum Bad album.

The R 'n' B singer performed Smooth Criminal, I Just Can't Stop Loving You and The Way You Make Me Feel at the New York concert, imitating Jackson's signature dance moves and vocal tones.

Ne-Yo said ahead of his performance: "You just don't do a Michael song, you try and do the best you can." He also revealed he learned how to sing because of Jackson and that the icon's musical influence was "tattooed" on his heart.

Singer Melanie Fiona also performed at the event. The Grammy winner belted covers of Bad and Dirty Diana.

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