Eminem: Did He Lip Sync During ‘SNL’ Performance? Watch

Tue, November 5, 2013 9:47am EDT by 13 Comments
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The controversial rapper is being accused of lip syncing during his highly anticipated performance Nov. 2 — but did he? Read on for more details!

Eminem, 41, has some explaining to do! Though he shut the rumors down that he lip synced during his Nov. 2 Saturday Night Live performance, the actual footage from the show tells otherwise; his mouth movements weren’t in sync with the music!

‘SNL’ Performance: Did Eminem Lip Sync?

Since the news broke, a representative for Eminem denied rumors that the rap star mimed his performance, but admitted that Eminem did use a vocal track as well as a live microphone.

“He just likes this sound … and if you listen to his albums, they are done the same way,” the rep explained.

Eminem’s ‘SNL’ Performance: Viewers Express their Anger

While Eminem’s representative has since denied rumors of the rap star’s alleged lip syncing, viewers took to Twitter to express their anger after watching the mediocre performance.

“If what you’re doing in the studio is so complicated, you can’t pull it off live, then don’t even bother recording it. #Eminem #SNL #lipsync” @jeremycox tweeted.

Meanwhile, @CedGordon tweeted, “I didn’t know you were allowed to lip sync on SNL. Eminem wasn’t singing Bezerk live, was he? Sounded just like the record.”

Others compared Eminem’s performance to Ashlee Simpson‘s 2004 SNL disaster. Remember when she was caught lip syncing and immediately slammed for it?

Ouch! Apparently, viewers felt robbed of a real “live” performance. After all, it’s Saturday Night Live, so isn’t that the point?

HollywoodLifers, what do YOU think? Watch Em’s performance below and sound off!

WATCH: Did Eminem Lip-Sync On ‘SNL’?

– HL Staff

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Annie Callahan

Posted at 1:20 PM on January 2, 2014  

Hi diana how to like to acting with you singer fames and be a head cheerleader wanna be mean girls I need help my voice your solo I am a fan of you

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Cameron

Posted at 2:35 AM on November 12, 2013  

No rapper ever in existence has completely sung their chorus’. You are retarded if you believe otherwise and especially retarded if you judge Eminem for doing the same. Clearly he wanted to focus his energy on his absolutely insane rhyming ability.

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John

Posted at 6:53 PM on November 6, 2013  

just fryi again, JAY Z FORGETS LYRICS, EMINEM SPITS MORE IN ONE VERSE THEN JAY DOES IN A ENTIRE VERSE LOL AND EM STILL HITS EVERY NOTE FROM WHAT I SAW UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL

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Anything GraphicKD

Posted at 12:02 PM on November 6, 2013  

It’s obvious that the volume of his mic is way down. He is not lip syncing… at least he isn’t trying to. He looked concerned in the beginning of the video too.

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Glen

Posted at 10:23 PM on November 5, 2013  

Does anyone remember @ the awards when the man fell from the ceiling and landed on his face…. that all turned out to be staged did it ever cross anyones mind that this :SNL” performance where skits and hiliarity is common .. maybe he was subliminaly gettin at Jessica Simpson for her performance for publicity stunt

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Liam

Posted at 9:26 PM on November 5, 2013  

He always performs over a vocal track. If you watch any other of his life performances it’s over a vocal track. He also has a hype man. It’s practically impossible to rap a whole song through like that. Yeah he’s gonna need to take a breath. Maybe he didn’t want it to noticeable so he moved his lips. He didn’t lip sync though. No.

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APimpnamedsljckback

Posted at 7:47 PM on November 5, 2013  

He DID lip sync at some parts, but mostly he was performing over background vocals.

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Teri

Posted at 5:04 PM on November 5, 2013  

He is definitely performing over the vocal track, and it is so obvious he’s reading the lyrics from the prompters on the bottom of the stage in front of him. I noticed this on both his performances. He’s constantly looking down.

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ivan

Posted at 4:44 PM on November 5, 2013  

Lip Sync has been demonized lately as if its execusable under any circumstances. It has been used for decades in videos and performances. Personally I believe it could and should be excused if there is much dancing at the same time as in the Chris Brown performances.

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Harsh Motwani

Posted at 12:09 PM on November 5, 2013  

He didn’t really lip sync. He performed over the track playing in the background. Most rappers do that.

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Kent

Posted at 11:10 AM on November 5, 2013  

I watched this and uh yeah he did. He may have been singing too but he was singing over the full track and not just one with back-up mix. When you don’t have the mic to your mouth and your voice is still coming through it’s pretty obvious.

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abe

Posted at 10:48 AM on November 5, 2013  

does it really matters with him?
………..HE’S THERE ALL RIGHT!!

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ivan

Posted at 10:23 AM on November 5, 2013  

His fans who are the first to criticize others for using playback[ nothing wrong with that on occasion] are the first to do that to Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus. In playback, you sing to your own voice on a track. what he does is rap over a referance track because his songs are fast and missing a word could throw the beat off. You are hearing the album voice and his real voice at the same time. Bieber did the same thing in “take You’ at the AMA show.

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