One of the most legendary instances of lip-syncing comes courtesy of Ashlee Simpson’s 2004 performance of her hit single “Pieces of Me” on “Saturday Night Live.”
A problem with the backing track led to Simpson dancing with the microphone by her waist as her vocals played. Shortly after the mishap, she walked off of the stage
In the face of subsequent negative press, Joe Simpson, her father who was also her manager at the time, told KIIS-FM that his daughter was lip-syncing because her voice had been hoarse due to acid reflux.
“Just like any artist in America, she has a backing track that she pushes so you don’t have to hear her croak through a song on national television,” Joe Simpson told KIIS-FM. “No one wants to hear that.”
He said Simpson had never used “extra help” on stage before this incident.
In 2018, Simpson addressed the lip-sync incident during an interview with E! News, saying that she regretted her reaction to the mishap but the experience made her “a better performer, a better person.”