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Watch a Japanese holographic pop star's perplexing Letterman performance

Late-night musical guest spots: Not just for humans anymore!

The musical guest on last night's Late Show with David Letterman was Hatsune Miku, a Japanese CGI anime character and "virtual idol" who performed as a hologram. Despite being the personification of a "vocaloid," or a singing-voice synthesizer, she's already opened for Lady Gaga and played her songs "live" in arenas around Japan. Still, the performance was likely a bit perplexing for American audiences — Dave appeared to be grinning through embarrassed confusion while thanking the computer and the band at the end. At the very least, the Late Show's bookers should be applauded for having an open mind. --Samantha Rollins