There was something off about Rascal Flatts' performance at the ACMs on Sunday, April 6 -- and it wasn't their pitch. After the smash country trio took the stage at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, fans complained that it looked like the group had lip-synched their way through the song "Rewind." So on Monday, April 7, the band took to social media to explain themselves.
"After having performed several shows earlier in the week, [lead singer] Gary [LeVox] lost his voice. So, instead of canceling our commitment to do the show, we made a last minute decision to lip-sync," they said in a statement via Twitter and Facebook. (The trio, which also includes Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, have been on tour for the past few months to promote their new album.)
"We've never done it before, and we're obviously not very good at it," they added. "We look forward to singing live again in the very near future."
Interestingly, ACM co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan made a big fuss earlier in the show that all of the evening's performances would be live. "Everybody in here tonight is ready to listen to some great amazing live music," Bryan said.
Shelton then piped in with a dig at pop singer Britney Spears, who has a show in Vegas, Britney: Piece of Me. "If you don't like live music," the Voice judge said, "then you need to go down the block and see Britney Spears."