Grammy winning megastar Beyoncé has come under fire for her performance at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. The live setting singing the “Star Spangled Banner” turned out to not be so live after all. The American media has nothing better to debate so all of this week they’ve turned their focus to entertainment stories and have made a large fuss about this lip-sync fiasco. But is it really worth anything?
Lip-syncing isn’t a new phenomenon nor should it be surprising when artists of that level do so. While other performer Kelly Clarkson at the inauguration presses the issue of singing live citing she “won a singing competition” and understands why others who “entertain” might do so, the public doesn’t take so lightly to a “fake performance.”
One of the reasons Beyoncé lip-synced could have to do with the temperature. Many vocalists take conditions seriously as 40 degree weather is not healthy for vocal cords and can cause strain. Another reason for not singing live could be an industry fear of having another Christina Aguilera Super Bowl moment.
Many music lovers often speak against lip-syncing, but in this case viewers were not paying hundreds of dollars to attend a Beyoncé concert where getting upset over lip-syncing can there be validated. Many lovers of voices also have forgotten that in 1991, Whitney Houston’s version of “Star Spangled Banner” was prerecorded and not sang live. Her Persian Gulf War charity version would go on to chart on Billboard and become No. 1 on the then chart Hot 100 Singles Sales. Lip-syncing could also be appropriate for these 1 time events at places such as the Super Bowl due to the immense feedback that comes back to the field, which can throw a singer completely off (one reason a singer wears in-ear monitors when on stage or on tour).
The media has focused more attention on Beyoncé when surely the place she performed has more important issues to be discussed. After all, she is just an entertainer, not a politician. Internet users have also had a field day, creating pictures of Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé with captions mocking the lip-sync.
In recent pop history, artist Britney Spears also was criticized heavily by the Australian public for lip-syncing. American audiences are no stranger to Spears lip-syncing due to the strenuous dancing. Some ticket buyers also walked out of her concert in the land down under. Celine Dion’s internationally popular Las Vegas shows also contain songs not performed live. When it was first televised on opening day in 2003, songs like “The Power of Love” was identical to the recorded version. Dion also has performed her most notable song “My Heart Will Go On” often lip-syncing.