NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers and Halsey perform onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awar
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The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards gave a prime slot to The Chainsmokers and Halsey, whose collaboration “Closer” has been the biggest song in the country for multiple weeks. Unfortunately, the performance was uneven to say the least…and in a new Billboard cover story, the group’s Andrew Taggart fully admits that they weren’t ready for primetime:

“It sounded like shit. We were told my voice was going to be mixed well, but there was no reverb and it was way louder than the track for the broadcast. I was set up to fail. Nearly every other person lip-synced it, and we knew because we had them in our ears. So now I know why you lip-sync.”

Taggart, who comprises The Chainsmokers with Alex Pall, normally doesn’t sing live, but “Closer” is a duet between Halsey and him, as well as each of their first No. 1 single. He now admits that he might need some more practice in the vocal department.

“It’s funny,” Taggart continues. “Everyone said congratulations, and my mom was like, ‘Keep up with your singing lessons.’ ”

Read the full cover story, then watch Fuse catch up with The Chainsmokers at Bonnaroo: