The Chainsmokers on Their Rocky VMAs Performance: 'Now I Know Why You Lip-Sync'

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Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of the Chainsmokers performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 28, 2016 in New York City. 

The Chainsmokers have been dominating the Billboard Hot 100 as "Closer," featuring Halsey, continues to sit comfortably at the No. 1 spot for the sixth week straight.

But while "Closer" is an unqualified success, the duo's performance of the song at the 2016 VMAs wasn't. "It sounded like sh-t," Taggart bluntly told Billboard in our current cover story. "We were told my voice was going to be mixed well, but there was no reverb and it was way louder than the track for the broadcast." 

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While lip-syncing can damage the credibility of a singer and offend fans, Taggart says he now understands why certain artists go that route. He adds, "I was set up to fail. Nearly every other person lip-synced it, and we knew because we had them in our ears. So now I know why you lip-sync."

Read the full Chainsmokers cover story here. 

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