Performing live is a true feat. I don’t know how artists do it, considering all of the risks. There’s the risk of exposing yourself, forgetting your own lyrics, blanking on the choreography (which, to me, seems a lot scarier than forgetting the lyrics), getting booed off the stage, and so much more.
When you put on a live show and you don’t lip sync, you also run the risk of messing up the vocals. The following are isolated vocal tracks from live performances by major artists. Some — Beyonce and Christina Aguilera, as expected — killed it live, while others, well, didn’t.
The Stunning: AdeleEmbedded from vid.me.
It’s been three long years, but Adele came back ready to wow this past weekend when she performed “Hello” on SNL.
The Good: Meghan Trainor
Alright, Meghan. I see you.
The Bad: Mariah Carey
The Nicki Minaj and baby reactions say everything.
The Actually Unbelievable: Beyonce
There are no words.
The Redemptive: Ariana Grande
We know Ari gets flack for not enunciating enough, but this vocals only edition of her live just goes to show how amazing her voice really is.
The Growl-tastic: Christina Aguilera
Say what you want. Christina has unparalleled vocal prowess.
The Expected: Katy Perry
So the high notes were a little rough…
The Slay: Demi Lovato
Do it, Demi!
The Meh: Rihanna
Still love the song, though.
The Forever Eccentric: Lady Gaga
And forever in our hearts as a result. <3