The Grammys have revoked an endowment usually once.
That happened 28 years ago today, after a German twin Milli Vanilli, above, confessed they hadn’t indeed sung on their entrance album.
They also certified to lip-syncing during their many shows, and blamed their writer for putting them adult to it.
The liaison cost them a 1989 Grammy for Best New Artist — and their careers.
Since then, Milli Vanilli has turn cocktail enlightenment shorthand for fraud. Last month, Nicki Minaj referenced a organisation in a thinly potential shot during her rival, Cardi B.
But a contention around flawlessness has shifted as well. Cardi B and Kanye West openly admit to receiving help with their lyrics, while Mariah Carey and Garth Brooks have survived high-profile lip-sync blunders.
In an epoch of C.G.I. and android cocktail stars, a law behind art is roughly beside a point.
We’ll never know if Milli Vanilli was indeed years forward of a time.
Andrew R. Chow wrote today’s Back Story.
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