Milli Vanilli might come full circle and actually win a Grammy, making up for the only Grammy that’s ever been revoked.
In 1989, the duo, consisting of Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus, were found to be lip-syncing during a live performance of the song “Girl You Know It’s True” on MTV. As they performed, a hard drive issue caused the song to jam and skip, repeatedly playing the partial line “Girl, you know it’s…” through the speakers.
“I knew right then and there, it was the beginning of the end for Milli Vanilli,” Pilatus recalled of the incident. “When my voice got stuck in the computer, and it just kept repeating and repeating, I panicked. I didn’t know what to do. I just ran off the stage.
On 14 November 1990, producer Frank Farian announced that he had fired them and confessed they did not sing on the records.
In 1998, they recorded a comeback album, Back and in Attack, but its release was cancelled after Pilatus died at the age of 32.
But a redemption story could be on the cards.
A new documentary on Milli Vanilli has just been submitted for consideration in the best music film category at the 2024 Grammys.
“It’s not about whether or not they sang. This film is about the exploitation of two young artists – Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan – at the hands of a greedy music industry. I think a lot of artists and musicians can relate,” director Luke Korem told Billboard.
On Friday, Lisa said she’d watched it and “really, really liked it”:
Milli Vanilli is currently streaming on Paramount+
Check out the trailer: