BLACKPINK get accused of lip-syncing at 2022 MTV VMAs

  • BLACKPINK fans are refuting a Variety review that claims the K-pop girl group lip-synced their U.S. award show debut performance at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday.
  • The Variety review lists BLACKPINK’s performance of their new single “Pink Venom” under their “Worst” section with a subheading that reads, “Lip-Sync Snafus.” 
  • BLINKS pointed out various moments in their defense, such as Lisa fixing her mic, Jennie shouting “Let’s go!” and the sounds of mics crackling.
  • Regardless of the performance, BLACKPINK and fellow K-pop acts BTS, SEVENTEEN and Lisa made historic wins that night.
  • BLACKPINK’s upcoming album, “Born Pink,” drops on Sep. 16. Their  world tour will start in October. 

BLACKPINK fans, also known as BLINKS, are blasting a recent Variety review claiming that the YG Entertainment girl group lip-synced their performance of “Pink Venom” at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Sunday.

Variety’s “The Best and Worst Moments of the 2022 MTV VMAs: From Taylor Swift’s Surprise to Johnny Depp’s Confusing Cameolists BLACKPINK’s performance under its “Worst” section with the subheading “Lip-Sync Snafus.” The passage reads:

“Live awards shows are tricky and there’s no denying the amount of work put in to make them work — dump button abuse aside — but it seems at this year’s awards, the most conspicuous blunder was the obvious lip-syncing. Among the repeat offenders are artists like Blackpink, Anitta and Flo Milli — who devoted attention to their killer dance routines but left little room for the actual singing.”

BLINKS were swift with “Pretty Savage” retorts on Twitter.

Some users claimed it was evident the girl group’s mics were on because of evident crackling sounds. They also pointed out that Lisa can be seen fixing her mic and Jennie can be heard shouting, “Let’s go!”

Others claimed that even if prerecorded vocals were used in some parts of the performance, this is not uncommon nowadays, even with K-pop artists.

For those wanting to assess the performance for themselves, a video of it is now on YouTube. 

What isn’t up for debate, however, is how big of a night K-pop acts had at this year’s VMAs. BLACKPINK won “Best Metaverse Performance” for their music video “Ready For Love,” a collaboration with PUBG Mobile. Lisa became the first K-pop soloist to win a VMA with her debut solo single “Lalisa.” She was up against BTS for “Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)”, ITZY for “Loco,” SEVENTEEN for “Hot,” Stray Kids for “Maniac” and TWICE for their first English-language single “The Feels.”

BTS won “Group of the Year,” which BLACKPINK were also nominated for. The recent victory marked BTS’ fourth consecutive “Group of the Year” win at the VMAs. BTS were also nominated for “Best Metaverse Performance” for their collaboration with Minecraft, “Best Visual Effects” for their “My Universe” collaboration with Coldplay and “Best Choreography” for “Permission to Dance.” Charlie Puth’s first collaboration with BTS member Jungkook, “Left and Right,” was nominated for “Song of the Summer.”

Meanwhile, SEVENTEEN received two other nominations besides “Best K-Pop”: “Best New Artist” and “Push Performance of the Year” for December 2021’s “Rock With You.” They won “Push Performance of the Year,” making history as the first K-pop act to win in that category.

BLACKPINK will have more opportunities to prove their live performance abilities during their world tour starting in October. YG Entertainment has called the upcoming tour “the largest world tour in the history of a K-pop girl group.” On Sept. 16, the “Pink Venom” singers will drop their new album “Born Pink” as well as a new music video.

Featured Image via MTV娛樂台 

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