Little Mix might be the biggest girl group in the U.K. (and possibly the world) right now, but they can still make mistakes in the eyes of fans. Little Mix, consisting of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, performed their smash-hit single “Black Magic” at the 2016 Brit Awards show on February 24, but their performance caused a controversy.
While no one can deny that the performance of “Black Magic” was spectacular and one of the hits of the night, Little Mix were criticized by fans for obviously miming on the song’s chorus. As reported by OK!, Little Mix sang live only to the verses, with the “lip sync tragedy” being painfully obvious. Fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration.
Little mix are blatantly miming and it's so tragic
— Luca Sciaraffa (@LucaSciaraffa5) February 24, 2016
The switch from live singing to miming is not subtle little mix.
— Colleen McQuillen (@Collleeeeennn) February 24, 2016
Little mix not even trying to pretend their miming that ????????
— Alice Sanders (@alicesanders8) February 24, 2016
To be fair, Little Mix’s performance was energetic to say the least. Assisted by dancers with Day of the Dead makeup, a large sugar skull backdrop, and a heavy drum beat, Little Mix danced around the stage for most of the song. It is virtually impossible to put on such a production and not be out of breath, so the decision to have a backing track for the chorus of “Black Magic” might be understandable. It is unfortunate that the contrast between the chorus and the verses was so noticeable.
There was also lots of praise for Little Mix on Twitter, with many fans understanding the problems of live performances and supporting the band.
Little Mix hands down had the best Brits performance.
— Confessions (@_honestfandom) February 27, 2016
no offence but little mix didn't only slay their performance but they also slayed the entire brits completely
— Lily (@aimhmonpetit) February 24, 2016
— sandra (@larrycaring) February 24, 2016
“Black Magic” is the lead single from Little Mix’s third album Get Weird. It was nominated for British Single and British Artist Single at the Brits but lost out to Adele’s “Hello” and “Drag Me Down” by One Direction. The nominations were probably the reason that “Black Magic” was performed at the Brits rather than the latest Little Mix single, “Secret Love Song”.
According to The Sun, Little Mix were nervous about the performance of “Black Magic” ahead of the show. Jesy spoke to BBC Radio 1 before the Brits, which were held at the O2 stadium in London.
“We feel like this is the biggest performance we’ve ever done in our lives. We’re pooing ourselves.”
Other performers at the Brits, which are the most prestigious British music awards, were Coldplay, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Adele. It is therefore really not surprising that Little Mix — who were put together as a group on The X Factor in 2011 — felt under pressure.
Perrie and Leigh-Anne relaxed a little after the Brits. They were seen leaving the after-party with their friend Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, as reported by the Inquisitr. Perrie was formerly engaged to Louis’ band mate, Zayn Malik, but their relationship ended in August 2015.
Little Mix had another surprise in store for British viewers Saturday. Appearing on popular ITV program Saturday Night Takeaway, Little Mix appeared on stage in white bathrobes.
— ITV Takeaway (@itvtakeaway) February 27, 2016
Little Mix then reappeared in the “Take Away Saloon” and performed a country-style version of “Black Magic”, complete with fake Western accents and bales of hay. The performance was interrupted by a “gunfight” starring hosts Ant and Dec as the sheriffs. Little Mix did help out at the end though by hitting the bad guys over the head with bottles.
Not surprisingly, Little Mix fans loved the funny, tongue-in-cheek performance.
— LucyAndLydia (@LucyAndLydia) February 27, 2016
— Simon Cowell Online (@CowellOnline) February 27, 2016
— Amy (@AmyDykes1) February 27, 2016
Little Mix kick off the Get Weird Tour in just a couple of weeks. The tour begins on March 13 in Cardiff and travels 16 countries until June 25, 2016, giving plenty of opportunity for Little Mix fans to see the girls sing live.
What do you think of Little Mix miming during the chorus during their Brits performance? Is singing every line more important than putting on an energetic performance? Sound off in the comments section below.