Katy Perry's Lip-Syncing Flub Is Awkward But She's Not the Only Singer to Fake It on Stage
Talk about uncomfortable — we can now add Katy Perry to the list of performers with epic lip-syncing fails. Over the weekend, Perry "performed" her hit single "Roar" at the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, and fell victim to the technical risks of live performances. The Prism singer's vocal track and her actual mouth and body movements were so out of sync that the show's host actually ran out on stage to interrupt her and halt the disastrous performance. This morning, TF1 and NRJ issued a public apology to Perry and admitted that they played the wrong background track causing the singer to get confused. UPDATE: And NJR has issued an official statement to the singer:
Katy Perry was singing live at the NRJ Awards Saturday night in Cannes, but regrettably the wrong mix has been played accidentally which over-rode Katy's live vocal feed on-air at the beginning of her performance of 'Roar. TF1 & NRJ would like to apologize to NRJ double award winner Katy Perry for this technical problem beyond our control.
I mean still — So. Awkward. But at least she got to take home two awards for her effort, as she accepted a win for both "International Female Artist of the Year" and "International Song of the Year" and now everyone knows that this wasn't her fault, which could count as another win.
At around 47 seconds into the performance, the host appeared on stage to "greet" Perry — which anyone with eyes can tell was just a way to subtly end the awkwardness, but it didn't really work; he then asked the singer, "If you don't mind, we can restart. We had a little problem." The good news for Perry is that the remainder of her performance was excellent and she at least appeared to be singing for real, even though the illusion had be ruined.
Here's the video of Perry's "Roar" performance:
In reality, Katy Perry shouldn't feel embarrassed at all about this situation — considering there have been much, MUCH worse and more widely televised lip-syncing flubs in musical history. Just last year the queen of the surprise album release caught flack for lip-syncing at the Presidential inauguration, so at least Perry can take solace in the fact that she's in good company, and didn't resort to a chicken dance/jig hybrid to draw attention away from her mistake. Let's take a look back at some of Perry's new companions in the Lip-Syncing Flub Hall of Fame.
1. Beyoncé: "The Star-Spangled Banner" 2009
We know that this was an inauguration requirement, Bey. Don't worry, we still love you.
2. 50 Cent: "Amusement Park" 2007
This BET Awards performance is really embarrassing, but it won't stop us from blasting "In Da Club" on our birthdays every year.
3. Ashlee Simpson: "Pieces of Me" 2004
Simpson's SNL performance was literally the worst of the worst made even worse (if that's even possible) by her trying to blame the band later in the night.
4. Britney Spears: "Gimme More" 2007
Ugh, this fuzzy around the edges performance was supposed to be Spears' comeback at the VMAs. But again — don't worry, Brit, we still love you.
5. Mariah Carey: "Touch My Body" 2008
The ultimate diva Carey is the star of basically every lip-syncing video on the Internet, so there's that.
Don't worry, Katy. Somehow we're able to forget every single one of Mariah Carey's flubs, we'll forgive and forget yours, too.