John Legend Comes to Rita Ora's Defense After Her Thanksgiving Day Parade Lip Sync Fail

Rita Ora's performance at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade ended up being one of the event's most talked about moments, but not for the reason she was likely hoping for.

In addition to jaw-dropping appearances from singers like Diana Ross and Kelly Clarkson (who sang a stunning rendition of "Heat" with a full band to back her up), Ora boarded a colorful float prepared to belt out her single "Let You Love Me" from her brand new album, Phoenix. Due to a technical gaffe and a missed cue, it quickly became clear that Ora was lip-syncing her vocals. In videos of the moment, it seems that the 27-year-old couldn't hear the song properly in her earpiece, so she didn't start singing until well after the track had begun:

#ritaora lip sync fail at FULL EFFECT😂😂😂

— Infinite (@AdonnisInfinite) November 22, 2018

Naturally a flurry of tweets about the cringeworthy moment flooded social media after her performance, but Ora definitely had support behind her. Macy's apologized to several recording artists on Twitter, noting that many "experienced technical difficulties that negatively impacted their performance" and that "these issues were out of the artist's control." John Legend also came to her defense with a tweet of his own. "Fun fact. We all have to lip sync on this parade because the floats don't have the capacity to handle the sound requirements for a live performance," he explained. "Hope y'all enjoyed it anyway. Know that if you come to my shows, the vocals are 100 percent live!"

Ora tweeted thanks to Legend for supporting her, and then called the whole experience "annoying," clarifying that her shows "are 100 percent live always have been!" See a full breakdown of her slip-up at the parade ahead.

Rita Ora's Lip-Synced Performance

John Legend's Response

Rita Ora's Explanation

Twitter's Reaction to the Whole Thing