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.”
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.”
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