In the music industry, it’s pretty normal for singers to not always sing live. Some only do it sparingly in between songs in order to catch their breath or to save their voice. Plus there’s also the backing tracks which impacts the audio quality, making it hard to tell if they’re singing live or not. Many fans know this and most are usually bummed out about this fact. Sometimes, they’re caught red-handed too. Either the audio was messed up or their singing was a little too perfect. No matter the reason, here are five singers who were caught shamelessly lip synching.
1. Beyonce (2013)
The Queen Bee herself has always had rumors of lip synching following her. In her case, it’s most likely that she does a bit of both live singing and lip synching at her concerts which can be quite taxing. But the biggest incident of her lip-synching was at President Obama’s 2013 inauguration where she sang the national anthem. Surprisingly, she didn’t deny it, claiming that there wasn’t enough time for preparation, both on her own and with the orchestra. But at least it was her own voice.
2. Mariah Carey (2016)
Without a doubt, Mariah Carey is an amazing artist but even she has her moments when things go awry. During a 2016 New Years Eve performance, there was little to zero effort on her part to hide the fact that she was lip-synching the songs. In fact, she was just casually talking to the crowd while the audio played in the background. She also went from live singing to lipping and vice versa, and even encouraged the crowd to sing at one point. But none of that was her since she was unable to hear the audio coming out her ear monitor.
3. Britney Spears (2007)
Like Beyonce, Britney Spears is one who has had accusations of lip synching surrounding her since the beginning of her career. Although the “Princess of Pop” has never really admitted to the rumors, there was no denying the incident at the 2007 MTV awards where her lip synching was as clear as day. It wasn’t even her own voice or song: instead of “Gimme More,” it was one of Sia’s songs. The media can be cruel, so you could imagine how they were reacting to this!
4. Selena Gomez (2010s)
Since her Disney career, Selena Gomez had built a fairly strong career for herself, with a loyal fanbase to boot. But going all the way back to 2010, she has been accused of lip synching at the majority of her performances. Though, it’s not really an accusation since there are several videos of exactly this and she herself has spilled the beans on herself on the hot mic. But her fans seem to like it, and they’re her consumers, so does it really matter?
5. Ashley Simpson (2004)
Unlike Britney Spears who went with the flow even though she sounded nothing like Sia, Ashlee Simpson instead broke into a hoedown when the wrong backtrack started playing. In 2004, Jessica Simpson’s younger sister took to the stage on Saturday Night Live to perform her new single. But she was unable to get a single word out due to the aforementioned mix up, so she resorted to awkwardly dancing before abandoning the stage altogether. Instead of owning up to it, she pretty much threw the band under the bus, claiming they played the wrong song.
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