To kick off the very beginning of Hollywood's biggest night, Justin Timberlake sang "Can't Stop the Feeling" to a crowd of the industry's biggest names. And while it's clear he certainly got the crowd going — actors from Nicole Kidman to Andrew Garfield were grooving in their seats — it does beg the question: did Justin Timblerlake lip sync during the 2017 Oscars? Let's investigate.
Even for a seasoned performer like Timberlake the task of performing at a show as widely-watched as the Academy Awards is an extremely high pressure moment. Lip-syncing can often be seen as a major offense in the musical community, but can we really blame him if he were to pre-record a track for the big night? Sure, it's always encouraging to know your favorite artists are actually singing the songs they perform on stage, but isn't it delightful — regardless of if the moment is actually live — to watch Timberlake trapese across the stage with a bevy of backup dancers? Honestly, I wouldn't mind if Timberlake decided to ensure a great performance by coming as ultra-prepared as possible.
We don't know if he did indeed lip sync or not, but Bustle reached out for a comment on the matter, and did not immediately hear back.