Rascal Flatts Admit to Lip-Syncing ACM Awards Performance
By Kevin Rutherford
That Rascal Flatts performance you heard at the ACM Awards Sunday night? If you thought lead singer Gary LeVox’s vocal sounded too good to be true, four-and-a-half gold stars for you.
According to USA Today, the performance of the country trio’s hit “Rewind” at the awards show was lip-synced. The revelation comes after many suspected something was up when some audio issues surfaced at the beginning of the song that made it sound like something had been switched up a bit. Even during the performance itself, LeVox seemed a little off the actual beat, generally a tell-tale sign of a non-live vocal.
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In a statement on Facebook and Twitter, the band revealed that “Rewind” had been lip-synced, due to voice issues with LeVox himself. According to the band, the singer lost his voice after having performed multiple shows earlier in the week, and rather than canceling outright, they decided to march on to the best of their ability for the ACM Awards performance.
The band noted that they had “never” lip-synced before, and “look forward to singing live again in the very near future.”
Of course, the news is a little disheartening considering the ceremony’s opening monologue from hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, which decried certain pop stars’ penchant for not singing live. “If you don’t like live music, just go down the street and see Britney Spears,” Shelton quipped.