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Here’s a blast from the past, as another Grammys ceremony approaches.
Twenty years ago, Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, the Euro-cool public face of the German pop band Milli Vanilli, bounded onto the stage to accept their best new artist Grammy for their multi-platinum debut, All or Nothing. They even performed their smash hit, "Girl You Know It’s True," at the 1990 ceremony.
Soon after that glorious night, however, the startling truth emerged: Not only had the photogenic pair lip-synched their performance at the Grammys, the song’s lead vocals had always belonged to other singers! Milli Vanilli's revoked Grammy remains the only instance of rescinding the award in Recording Academy history.
In a recent USA Today interview, Morvan says that, two decades after the scandal, he’s still planning to clear his name. For the record, he says, "We wanted to give the Grammy back. We felt in our hearts that it would be a good gesture to do that. But they made it look as though [the Academy] wanted it back."
Morvan, now 43, questions whether he and Pilatus (who died of a suspected accidental drug overdose in 1998) would've been penalized as severely if their crime of succeeding-while-lip-synching had been committed today. Morvan says he sees performers lip-synching in concert all the time, and what's more, he points out that vocals manipulated by Auto-Tune are commonplace on contemporary pop, dance and rap recordings. He theorizes that music fans these days simply do not to care. "It's not about being authentic anymore,” he says. “It's about entertaining."
The Paris native says he's contributing many other revelations to a Milli Vanilli-based movie in the works. But the real question is, will he sing on the soundtrack?
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