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MTV article about lip-synching Britney mention


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Debating the truth about lip-synching leads down a treacherous road paved by our own smugness. Last August, Britney Spears came under fire for her apparent lip-synching at the VMAs (despite her long history of lip-synching — as if we didn’t know better), while back in March, Justin Bieber drew similar accusations about his performance at the Billboard Video Awards. Whenever these incidents crop up, there’s usually an implied callback to the two landmark cases in lip-sync controversy history: SNL v. Ashlee Simpson (2004) and Everyone v. Milli Vanilli(1989), both of which ended with the artists’ careers in shambles due to their inability or refusal to sing live. Rarely do lip-sync critics cite Beyoncé, who admitted to lip-synching at Obama’s second inauguration in 2013 in a quickly forgotten teapot/tempest situation. But, of course, not everyone can be Beyoncé.

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When we crucify artists for lip-synching, we create an imbalance of power, especially since when we go to big pop concerts, we’re mostly paying to be in the same room as our heroes, not to hear perfectly duplicated live versions of highly produced songs they have no hope of recreating while also demonstrating extensive choreography. Our favorite pop songs aren’t recorded on live stages in arenas while mastering dance steps; they’re created in studios that exist to make everybody sound spectacular. Not every artist is Adele or Celine Dion, whose voice is their signature. Some artists are doing exactly what we demanded from them — like keeping the show going despite puking onstage.

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14 minutes ago, Chico101 said:

Debating the truth about lip-synching leads down a treacherous road paved by our own smugness. Last August, Britney Spears came under fire for her apparent lip-synching at the VMAs (despite her long history of lip-synching — as if we didn’t know better), while back in March, Justin Bieber drew similar accusations about his performance at the Billboard Video Awards. Whenever these incidents crop up, there’s usually an implied callback to the two landmark cases in lip-sync controversy history: SNL v. Ashlee Simpson (2004) and Everyone v. Milli Vanilli(1989), both of which ended with the artists’ careers in shambles due to their inability or refusal to sing live. Rarely do lip-sync critics cite Beyoncé, who admitted to lip-synching at Obama’s second inauguration in 2013 in a quickly forgotten teapot/tempest situation. But, of course, not everyone can be Beyoncé.

Not at MTV pretending that Beyonce's lip syncing is limited to one performance tho :byebitch:

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28 minutes ago, BritintheZone said:

mtv is soo so shady 

"so the knee-jerk reaction to lip-synching is generally absent. But when she performs at a major awards show, somehow certain people expect to watch her earn our praise. "

Britney never perform at the vmas again!

Why are you taking that out of context? They were not even shady. They actually defend her lip-synching and bash people who are expecting her to sing live at award shows when she's not even singing in her "own house"

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You guys shouldn't be mad at MTV for pointing out Britney's lip syncing, and you shouldn't be defending her either. Maybe in 2001 it was understandable, but at least she sang her ballads live.

Its sad that she mimes Everytime while she's standing still, let's be ******* real :donewithit:

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Very well written article :slayney:

"Getting judgy when pop stars lip-synch is a worse look than lip-synching itself. Do we really expect near-perfect performances from singers on a grueling tour schedule? Is it that impossible to believe that backing tracks can actually help the live experience? Are we really so affected by the realization that some artists need a lift to give us the caliber of shows we’ve come to expect?

Or are we just that desperate to make ourselves feel superior?"

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