Wacko Jacko gets Diamond Award

LONDON - Michael Jackson, a virtual recluse since his acquittal of child molestation charges in June last year, will make a rare public appearance at an awards ceremony in London next month.

LONDON - Michael Jackson, a virtual recluse since his acquittal of child molestation charges in June last year, will make a rare public appearance at an awards ceremony in London next month.

The US pop star will receive the Diamond Award designed to honour artists who have sold more than 100 million albums. Previous recipients include Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and Celine Dion.

The prize is part of the yearly World Music Awards to be held at Earls Court on November 15 and coincides with the 25th anniversary of Jackson's album Thriller, which has sold more than 40 million copies. - Reuters

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