Dailies | Katy Perry's Botched ‘Roar’ Performance: NRJ Music Awards Take the Blame (Updated)

Katy Perry's Botched 'Roar' Performance: NRJ Music Awards Take the Blame (Updated)

She's got the eye of the tiger, but appeared to have the timing of a tone-deaf cub

Update Dec. 17, 2013: On Tuesday, after the video of the incident went viral, the NRJ Awards shouldered the blame: ”Katy Perry sang live during the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes on Saturday night, but unfortunately a bad soundtrack was accidentally launched, taking over the live performance of Katy at the beginning of the delivery tube of the ‘Roar,'” a statement read, translated from French to English by Google Translate. “TF1 and NRJ present their apologies to Katy Perry … for this technical problem beyond our control.”

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If you hear that “Roar” loud and clear, it might actually be a backing track.

Katy Perry‘s mouth was moving, but the (correct) words were just not coming out as the pop star performed her hit single at the 15th annual NRJ music awards in Cannes on Saturday. The lip movements and the lyrics were not even close to being in sync — Perry's mouth was a few full seconds away from the playback, creating an incredibly awkward performance.

Perry's reps have not responded to TheWrap's request for comment.

See video: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Star Oscar Isaac Performs Katy Perry's ‘Roar’ on Fallon

Unfortunately for Perry but fortunately for internet trolls, the whole thing was caught on videotape and is currently making the viral rounds. At around the 52-second mark of the below clip, a smooth French guy hops on stage, awkwardly halting the performance, kissing Perry's hand and saying, “If you don't mind, we can restart. We had a little problem with the sound.”

We'll say.

“I'm sorry to stop all your energy — I prefer you to be the best,” the man added. The performance-crasher (who may have been the awards show host, he was dressed nicely and had a microphone) then counted Perry down for another go at it, which she uncomfortably complied with. But this time she definitely sang live — and while it may have looked better, it surely didn't sound like an improvement.

See video: AMAs: Katy Perry Goes Geisha With ‘Unconditionally’ Opener

“Roar” is Grammy-nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Perry performed the hit single at the American Music Awards, where she drew some criticism for dressing as a geisha.

Watch the clip:


Problème de playback pour Katy Perry aux NRJ… by puremedias

  • guest

    Is better if she lip-sync because her voice is horrible

  • DF

    Why don't these new artists just come on stage and sing their hearts out without all the stage drama, fake singing, costumes, fireworks and bouncing around??? Early this year I went to a Paul McCartney concert and he sang for almost two hours straight without any of the crab these other artists pull on stage. I mean McCartney is about 70 years old and still got it.

    • Alyson L

      I refuse to go to a concert where its all about the show and not the music. Sting was one of my favorite.

  • Mil

    What a mess.

  • Michael T. Babcock

    To be fair, I'm pretty sure Katy Perry is mostly show …

  • Katy

    She's been sick. She had 3 different performances for 3 diff shows 3 days in a row in 3 diff countries… that's a lot of 3's lol but she's been sick and trying to fight through it for the performance.. and she's actually an amazing singer live- although she does do an amazing show and loves to create a huge show- she's all about her music in her live acts and she's got a beautiful voice when she's up to par on her health :) Seriously, no one sounds as good when they're sick and they try to sing. When I was still performing in choir, if I caught a bug i sounded terrible, so i would mouth the words instead so I wouldn't look completely out of place! :)

  • Manuel Perez

    She was not lip-synching, I have not seen a performance where she lip-synchs even once. She simply didn't hear that her mic was not on, believe it or not it is often very hard for them to hear what the audience hears. In their mind singers hear their own voice. I said before and I'll say it again. People dragged Beyonce through the dirt before (doing fine right now), they are dragging Gaga through the dirt now (will be fine next year), and critics are getting ready to drag Katy through the dirt next.

    • Natawie

      PREACH