During the episode, the singer performed two tracks. One was her hit single "Without Me," and the other was a track she record with music producer Benny Blanco and R&B crooner Khalid.
While many of her fans have cheered Halsey on for her powerful performances, some have been questioning if, and why, she lip-synced.
I don’t understand why @Halsey sang the first song on SNL live and then lipsync the second one, like wtf????? I was about to stan.— Luis Watkins (@MrLuisWatkins) February 11, 2019
"It's called Saturday Night LIVE. Why did Halsey lip sync? I don't get it. Should not be allowed," one person tweeted.
"Halsey didn't pull that New Year's-show lip sync off very well. You can't move the mic away from your face like that and expect people to not notice it," someone else commented.
Everyone on Twitter: Oh em geee yaaassss Halsey! Her performances on SNL were so fire!
Me: I see that Ashlee Simpson was finally able to pass her terrible lip sync torch on. #SNL— Bree (@ocean_breezeee) February 10, 2019
While a number of people have taken issue with the idea that Halsey may have lip-synced, her fans have come out to defend her and defiantly assert that she did not.
"my guy, halsey doesn't lip sync lmaooooo not only is that outdated, but she knows she would chewed up by everyone if she did. she gets hate for breathing sooooo. you can stay pressed at her talent, promise you it doesn't bother her," one fan said in response to others criticizing the singer.
she really has no reason to lipsync .. You understand that without me is literally her heart and soul , why would she lipsync a song that has so much raw emotion ? Anyone that knows @halsey knows that she puts 110% into every performance she does no matter how big or small 🖤— Paigey (@Hopeless_paigey) January 1, 2019
For her part, Halsey has commented on the epic performance, seemingly confirming that she was not lip-syncing.0comments
"Painting a 10 ft canvas upsidedown while singing into a headset mic for the 1st time while hosting SNL, takes the cake for biggest 'dumb a— s— I took onto my plate for no mf reason (bc I thought it was cool) that actually worked out considerably well.' -type moment of my life," she wrote in a tweet.
SNL's next host and musical guest will be actor Don Cheadle and singer/songwriter Gary Clark Jr., respectively. That episode airs Saturday, Feb. 16.