Katy, 29, known for her power vocals, leaped onto the stage and launched into her hit song “Roar” with a complement of backup dancers.
But it quickly became obvious that she was singing and her dancers were dancing to one part of the song while another part was blasting out to the audience.
It seemed like everybody knew it except Katy and her troupe. Finally, nearly a minute into the song, one of the show’s hosts appeared on stage and motion for Katy to stop. She seemed bewildered but stopped singing after he signaled for the music to stop.
“If you don’t mind, we can restart. We had a little problem with the sound,” the host explains gently kissing her hand. “I’m sorry to stop all your energy; I prefer you to be the best.”
Katy, ever the trouper, gathered her dancers and exited the stage. She reappeared this time singing live with a rough voice.
Afterward, organizers blamed the incident on a “bad soundtrack,” and insisted Katy was singing live the whole time. The soundtrack launched “accidentally,” they said in a statement.
Pop singers have been widely criticized over the years for lip-syncing at concerts. Critics claim the fans are cheated because they pay to hear the singers live. Yet, most pop singers, from Britney Spears and Mariah Carey to Chris Brown and Beyonce at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, have been caught in the act.
Most recently, Selena Gomez was snared in a similar snafu when technical problems revealed she was lip-syncing at KISS-FM’s Jingle Ball concert in Los Angeles. She finally walked off the stage without finishing her set.
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