Memorable Incidents of Lip-syncing

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  • Queen Mime "Radio Ga Ga"

    Queen Mime "Radio Ga Ga"
    Queen perform to a backing track for the only time ever at the Sanremo Festival in Italy during a performances of "Radio Ga Ga." Video HERE
  • Milli Vanilli Admit to Lip Syncing

    Milli Vanilli Admit to Lip Syncing
    Milli Vanilli admit that they did not ever sing a single word live or on their albums. They were exposed when the track of one of their songs began skipping during a live performance.
  • Nirvana on Top of the Pops

    Nirvana on Top of the Pops
    Nirvana are forced to play to a backing track on Top of the Pops. Krist Novaselic and Dave Grohl flail their arms around and don't barely pretend to play their instruments, while Kurt Cobain sings very deep immitating Morrissey. Video HERE
  • Ashlee Simpson on SNL

    Ashlee Simpson on SNL
    Everyone remembers this disaster. Ashlee Simpson seemed to perform her single "Pieces of Me" on the first musical break, and then it began playing again on the second performance. Simpson's words were coming from the speakers but the microphone was nowhere near her mouth. So she started doing a weird hoedown dance. Initially she blamed her band, then used acid refluence to defend her lipsyncing. Click HERE for the video.
  • Luciano Pavarotti Mimes Nessun Dorma

    Luciano Pavarotti Mimes Nessun Dorma
    Luciano Pavarotti sang "Nessun Dorma" as his final performance at the 2006 opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. He mimed the performance to track he had recorded weeks prior.
  • 50 Cent Busted at BET Awards

    50 Cent Busted at BET Awards
    50 Cent's DJ accidentally switched the the instrumental version of "Amusement Park" when the first verse was supposed to start... leaving 50 mouthing words that didn't come out of the speakers. Video HERE
  • Yo-Yo Ma at Inauguration

    Yo-Yo Ma at Inauguration
    Yo-Yo Ma plays to a track her recorded two days prior at the 2009 inauguration of President Barak Obama. He cited the cold as making it impossible to play.
  • The Boss Performed to a track at the Super Bowl

    The Boss Performed to a track at the Super Bowl
    It was revealed that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, known for their excentric live shows, played to a backing track on their Super Bowl performance. Hank Neuberger, Grammy-winning tv producer, then revealed that all the Super Bowl perfmances are played to a backing track. Neuberger says there are too many variables to control and this is the only safe way to do it.
  • Muse mime "The Uprising"

    Muse mime "The Uprising"
    Muse were forced by producers of Italian show Quelli Che Il Calcio to play to a backing track while performing their song "The Uprising." The band didn't like that so they switched the drummer with the lead singer and purposely played riduculous. Video HERE