Even music’s biggest stars can’t escape the sharpest criticism, and the internet proved that following Lauper’s cringe-inducing New Year’s Eve performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve on Dec. 31, 2020. The performance started with a rendition of her hit “Time After Time” with Billy Porter, which many viewers immediately complained was an off-key start. Then Porter left the stage to let Lauper do her thing, but the transition had folks wondering if she was done or continuing on as her beauty squad rushed to give her a quick, seemingly unrehearsed touchup while still on camera.
Then, Lauper continued on to share a message about hope before performing her upbeat song “Hope,” to which she sang and danced her heart out. Unfortunately, the audience was simply hoping she would leave the stage. “The Cyndi Lauper performance was the perfect culmination of 2020 — confusing, lost, off key, an experience you can only understand if you lived through it,” one person tweeted. Another likened the performance to the entire year of 2020. “Somebody come get your grandma,” an additional spectator begged.
On the other hand, Lauper did seem to be performing live, which cannot be said for every performer of the night. One viewer even stood up for the “Change of Heart” singer, tweeting that he would prefer “the off key singer” over a lip-syncer. On the bright side, at least Mariah Carey is no longer alone!
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