We were all stunned by Beyoncé’s performance of The National Anthem during President Obama’s inauguration – but we were even more stunned to find out that the superstar may have been lip-syncing!
“We don’t know why Beyoncé decided to use prerecorded music,” a spokesperson for the Marine Corps says. “The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyoncé wanted to use the recording.”
Recorded or not, we know Bey can sing! And besides – she isn’t the first one to mouth her words.
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Here, we gathered a list of some our favorite –and the music industry’s most notorious- lip-syncers!
Ashlee Simpson: Jessica’s little sister had a bright future ahead of her as a singer... or at least it looked that way until she was blatantly caught lip-syncing during a performance on Saturday Night Live. Arguably the best moment in lip-syncing history, Ashlee later made it clear that the incident was everyone else’s fault but hers. Among the blamed: a “computer glitch,” her band and her cold.
Britney Spears: It’s pretty much a known fact that Britney loves to lip-synch. But if anyone wasn’t aware, it was Miss Spears’ fans in Australia. When the “Criminal” singer went down under for the first time in 2009 on her Circus Tour, critics were outraged by Spears’ failure to sing live. Unexpectedly, John Mayer quickly came to Brit’s defense, tweeting: "If you're shocked that Britney was lip-syncing at her concert and want your money back, life may continue to be hard for you."
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Lindsay Lohan: The controversial starlet stirred up drama in her pre-DUI days – by lip-syncing! LiLo gave a debut performance of her hit “Rumors” on Good Morning America in 2004. She was hit hard by critics who claimed she was miming, but Lindsay refuted the accusations, saying, “"The main concern for me was I wanted to sing songs that, when I sing live, sound the same.”
Milli Vanilli: The most notorious lip-syncers of all time, 80’s pop duo Milli Vanilli went so far as to win a Grammy- for voices that weren’t even their own! Once caught, The Recording Academy confiscated their award and the group was shunned forever from the music industry.