Is it live? Yes it is. Ke$ha & her crew on The Tonight Show
Last night's live "performance" by pop sensation of the moment Ke$ha of her hit "Tik Tok," off her debut album Animal, on Conan O'Brien's show provided a very strong argument for the use of Auto-Tune and other studio effects to help smooth out an otherwise God awful rendition of her current disposable pop single. Compare last night's poor live performance that lacked any studio effects above (right down to the amatuer choreography that wouldn't make it past the first round of American Idol) with the far superior official music video version of the same song below. The difference is like night and day.
The official video version has racked up over six million YouTube views since it was posted a couple of months ago with the digital single selling over half a million copies just last week. It showcases the studio version of this song for what it is: a really good, rap-fused dance/pop tune with a memorable melody. But taken out of the studio setting, sans effects, it just doesn't translate, and, to me, proves that some artists shouldn't venture out of the security of the studio and its effects until they are ready, if at all.
Ke$ha "Tik Tok" official video version