Originally Posted by Mike
I feel like multiple people dropped the ball on this.
Whoever made the decision to not pull the plug on that first performance should be fired.
It's not actually shocking that she sucked when left to do an actual live performance, it's shocking that an artist with a #1 hit who has all kinds of safeguards to prevent this thing from happening apparently had all the people who are in charge of making sure this sort of thing doesn't happen on a smoke break or something. This is an event where all the major record labels and the major tv stations are present and no executive got on the phone within the first 30 seconds of her singing and ordered "cut to the TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES screen, this is a fucking disaster."
Like, did someone trip over the power cord to the rack with all the auto-board antares units and accidentally unplug them or something? That's not even cutting edge technology or anything. Every Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift tours with fucking huge racks of outboard gear, many of which are "just there as a safety net (wink, wink)" rack mount pitch correction processors.
Like, who the fuck allowed this to happen? It's not like they allowed it to happen because they were suddenly interested in presenting an authentic live performance. This is supposed to be an event with the industry's best, or at least the industry's highest paid, and it's not like they don't have access to the most expensive cutting edge technology or presumably the best live engineers and FoH people money can buy.
There are times when nobly struggling through a performance even though you know it's horrible is the right thing to do..... this was not one of those times. That was so brutally cringe worthy.