LONDON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Pop star Michael Jackson's big comeback at the World Music Awards in London comprised of a few muttered lines and "cracked" vocals on a former hit.
Wednesday night's ceremony marked Jackson's first public performance since he was acquitted of child molestation charges and left California for Bahrain in 2005, The Times of London reported.
Jackson was expected to reprise his 1983 "Thriller" video during the ceremony, but the hit song was instead performed by 17-year-old pop star Chris Brown.
The former King of Pop -- who received the Diamond Award for selling 100 million albums -- delayed his stage appearance for nearly a half-hour due to stage fright, The Times said.
"I dedicate this to the so many that have loved me and stayed by me throughout these years in the entertainment business," he said.
Jackson later joined a group of children and sang a few lines of "We Are The World." His voice "cracked and faltered," casting further doubt on whether the 48-year-old would be able to recapture his former glory, The Times said.