The Super Bowl has come and gone, but social media and the entertainment world can’t stop talking about the halftime show. This year’s featured artist, Rihanna had a lot of hype behind her as she hadn’t toured or performed in a number of years, and depending on who you ask it was either the best show ever, or an embarrassing performance from a washed-up pop star. One thing that is almost universally agreed upon however is that Rihanna didn’t actually sing much, if any of her songs. This isn’t uncommon with performances like this, as most of today’s highly produced bubblegum singers either don’t have the voice or need backing tracks to fill out their sound. However at least in most cases they attempt to lip sync and make it look good. Not Rihanna. The Daily Wire reports:
Rihanna’s halftime performance during Super Bowl LVII in Arizona on Sunday has been called the “worst lip sync ever” by fans of the game on Twitter.
Many were quick to note as the singer danced, while suspended on platforms that looked like they were floating in the air, it appeared that she was lip-syncing some of her biggest hits like, “Only Girl (In the World),” and “Umbrella” in the 13-minute long performance, The New York Post noted.
“Rihanna not even having the mic near her mouth while the lyrics are playing. Why bother doing the halftime show if you’re not even gonna try and lip sync, bizarre,” one person wrote.
“Amazing how Rihanna is able to keep singing even when she puts the mic aside and doesn’t move her lips at all,” another tweeted.
— New York Post (@nypost) February 13, 2023
There is nothing wrong with needing some help on a giant stage like the Super Bowl. After all, she was dancing and doing choreographed movements between suspended platforms while pregnant. However, at least make an effort to look like you are actually singing. At times Rihanna actually dropped the mic to her side, or had her moth closed while she was “singing”. Great if you are Jeff Dunham, not so good if you are the Halftime show at the Super Bowl. The Daily Wire continued:
Another person wrote. “Too bad Rihanna is lip-syncing.”
While another tweeted, “You know I love you but that’s the worst lip sinc [sic] ever. OMG.”
“Lip-syncing at the Super Bowl should not be allowed,” another shared.
It turns out Rihanna wasn’t the only one playing pretend on Super Bowl Sunday. Sheryl Lee Ralph, the television actress that sang the so-called black national anthem was panned for pretending as well. The Daily Wire concludes:
The “Diamonds” hitmaker wasn’t the only star of the night that got called out for bad lip-syncing on the world’s biggest stage, The Hollywood Reporter noted. Sheryl Lee Ralph, who also performed during Super Bowl LVII, hit back at claims she didn’t actually sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the black national anthem.
“Does it matter? Does it matter? No. Thank you,” Ralph shared.
Well, yes it kind of does matter. Chris Stapleton didn’t lip sync the National Anthem, and Babyface didn’t pretend to sing America the Beautiful. Both stars did killer renditions of the iconic songs. If you don’t have the confidence or chops to pull off actually, you know, singing then back out and let someone else do it.
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