December 17th, 2013
Katy Perry performed at the NRJ music awards in Cannes this past weekend and, unlike her past award show gigs, this one didn’t go as smoothly. The pop star, who was clearly lip-syncing to her hit single Roar, was completely out of sync with the recording and was eventually stopped by the French host. The man came out mid-performance, kissed Perry’s hand and then asked her to restart because they had a little problem with the sound. Awkward. Perry was clearly embarrassed and offered nothing more than a smile and a nod before going back to the beginning and restarting the whole thing, but singing live this time.
Watch the painfully awkward performance below.
Before you start sharpening your pitchforks, though, let’s remember that this isn’t the first time a big star has been caught in the act of lip-syncing. The following stars have also been guilty of such acts and on equally public stages.
After some speculation, it was revealed that Beyonce had indeed lip-synced the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration earlier this year. “I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra,” she said in an interview. “Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.”
But boy did she get back at her haters. First, she sang the national anthem live and unannounced at press conference in New Orleans followed by asking the journalists, “Any questions?” Then, she donned this shirt on Instagram with the caption: “Big up, to all my haters!” BAM!
Eminem returned this year with his highly-anticipated album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and even served as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live in November. But within his first of two performances on the show, people noticed backing track. A rep for Eminem later responded by admitting that a vocal track was used underneath his live vocals, but that “he just likes this sound and if you listen to his albums they are done the same way.”
Let’s not forget the most famous lip-syncing scandal to hit Saturday Night Live. Back in 2004, Jessica’s younger sister was the musical guest, but abruptly ran off stage when her recorded vocals started playing without her singing along.
All hail the queen of lip-syncing.