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Milli Vanilli was an R&B, pop, and dance music project created by Frank Farian in Munich, West Germany, in 1988. The group was formed with Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus. The group's debut album Girl You Know It's True achieved international success and earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist on February 21, 1990. Milli Vanilli became one of the most popular pop acts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Their success turned to infamy when the Grammy award was withdrawn after Los Angeles Times author Chuck Philips revealed that lead vocals on the record were not the voices of Morvan and Pilatus. They recorded a comeback album in 1998 but Rob Pilatus died before the album was released.

Milli Vanilli provides examples of the following tropes:
  • Fake Band: While lipsyncing on stage is a performance, it isn't the type of performance people expect when they go to what's billed as a concert. They eventually defied this trope when they performed as "Rob & Fab" in the mid-1990s.
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