We all get caught slacking off at work sometimes. Everyone has off-days, hangovers, and occasional sleep deprivation to slow them down. But if you're a performer who is supposed to sing for a living and is only required to do that for one or two hours per day -- at most! -- you should just get off your lazy, beautifully-toned ass and goddamn do it. And yet the pop-stars, they keep on lip-syncing like we don't know the difference between recorded and live vocals. Here are five of the most embarrassing examples.
Selena Gomez, This Week
Truthfully, we all know that Gomez is skating through her music career based on a combination of her looks, Disney connections, and previous child-acting glories. She's not a great dancer and she's not a great singer -- both of which she proved on Oct. 10 in Virginia by falling off the stage at the Patriot Center, mid-clunky performance, and yelling "Ow!" while her vocals simultaneously continued to ring out. Either Selena has a promising future in ventriloquism or she was miming the whole time. For shame, Gomez!
Chris Brown, 2012 Billboard Awards
As we all know, Chris Brown is one of the worst people currently residing on Earth. What we didn't know, until last year's Billboard Awards, was that he is also one of the worst lip-syncers in the world, too. Not even a team of dancers, no shirt, four BMXers, and a huge half-pipe could distract us from his mimed over-annunciation of every word here. And it's not like we needed another reason to loathe this ass-clown.
Britney Spears, 2007 VMAs (et al)
Sometimes, after stars have meltdowns, the people in their management team are so desperate to prove the celebrity is hunky-dory that the singer in question gets shoved out onto a stage way before they're ready to do their thing at full capacity. This memorably happened in 2007 to a visibly dazed and confused Britney Spears, who meandered her way through "Gimme More" at the VMAs, barely opening her mouth and looking a lot like an Ambien-addicted stripper who'd already been on the pole for six hours. Later, she was accused of miming on her Circus tour. And at her Vegas residency. Hey, Britney! Maybe sing live! It'd probably be easier!
Ashlee Simpson on SNL, 2004
In one of the most humiliating technical gaffes ever, Ashlee Simpson gave a career-ending non-performance on Saturday Night Live in 2004. On an episode of her reality show that aired later, she claimed she had throat problems and a doctor was seen advising her not to sing live during her appearance. But by the the time that episode of The Ashlee Simpson Show aired, it was too late: not only had she mimed her first song of the night on SNL, but when the same track started playing for her second "performance," rather than owning it, she did a chimney sweep jig, ran off-stage, and then, at the end of the show, cheerfully blamed her band for "playing the wrong song." Jeez, Simpson -- way to publicly poop on your co-workers and lie to the entire country!
50 Cent, 2007 BET Awards
Hey Fiddy? Here's something to keep in mind next time your DJ starts playing the wrong version of the song you're supposed to be performing: maybe just change the point where you take your jacket off to a part when you're not supposed to be singing? The really bizarre thing is that you were already halfway through lip-syncing the line when you stopped to take that pesky piece of clothing off. We do like the part where you got confused and did an audience walkabout instead of kicking your DJ in the crotch for screwing up your performance, though. Very thoughtful.