Mariah Carey Accused of Lip-Syncing (Again) at BET Awards

Should singers perform live -- always? Or are we being too hard on them when they use prerecorded tracks?

Did Mariah Carey’s performance seem out of sync?

Just one month after the songstress denied lip-syncing on the American Idol finale, viewers of Sunday night’s BET Music Awards are accusing the singer of faking it during her hit song, "Beautiful."

Before Carey even took the stage, her husband, Nick Cannon, spoke with E! News on the red carpet about her performance with singer Miguel and rapper Young Jeezy.

"My wife is a perfectionist, and clearly, because she's done it right all her life. So she actually puts a lot of work into these performances," Cannon told E!. "There's no management helping make decisions. Everything you see is all her, whether it's a collaboration when the lights hit, how she enters... she's doing all of that."

Cannon even spoke about some extra surprises in store for viewers.

"You might get a little extra, you might get a little something. You're gonna see somethin' happen. It's gonna be totally different. She's gonna turn it up. It's gonna be the club up in here," he said.

Could this have been Cannon's way of throwing viewers off to avoid any allegations of lip-syncing that might -- and certainly did -- happen during her performance?

According to the America's Got Talent host, he didn’t even see the rehearsal to avoid putting "extra pressure" on his wife.

Check out the performance below:

 

Either way, we aren’t surprised that yet another singer is facing such scrutiny. From Ashlee Simpson on Saturday Night Live to Beyonce on Inauguration Day, many singers have been accused of using a prerecorded track during a performance.

But is that practice fair to viewers and fans? After all, they're the ones who are spending their time and money to watch what they believe will be "live" performances. And let’s be honest -- singers would be nowhere without their fans buying their albums and attending those concert. So don’t they deserve to hear the real thing as opposed to an auto-tuned track, even if there are a few off-key moments and imperfections? 

Of course, it can also be argued that the media and fans alike are too harsh on performers. When Simpson and Beyonce lip-synced, it was all news outlets and social media sites could talk about for days. Simpson attributed her lip-syncing to acid reflux disease, which made her lose her voice. Meanwhile, Beyonce blamed a lack of rehearsal time. "Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk," she told the press in January. "It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track, which is very common in the music industry."

Even if lip-syncing is "very common," don't fans still wind up feeling betrayed when an event is promoted as "live"? Of course, if someone like Queen Bey then turns out a performance like this, no prerecorded vocals necessary, all can pretty much be forgiven.

Teresa Roca is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.

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