Rihanna’s much-anticipated performance during the halftime show of Super Bowl LVII left many viewers divided. While some hailed the Barbadian pop icon’s electrifying rendition of her greatest hits and her announcement of a second pregnancy, others took issue with what they perceived as lip-syncing.
Social media watchdogs accused Rihanna of “miming” her way through the 13-minute performance and called it the “worst ever” lip-syncing infraction in the history of Super Bowl halftime shows. However, it is worth noting that the NFL’s policy requires rehearsals to be pre-recorded live so that performers can choose to sing over them or not. Check out more with the New York Post!
Rihanna, who hadn’t done a solo live performance since 2016, cycled through a medley of her greatest hits, including “Umbrella” and “Work,” seamlessly. She wowed her fans by announcing her pregnancy, and many lauded her for making a “powerful statement” for women around the world.
Despite these highlights, some viewers were quick to point out what they perceived as Rihanna’s inability to sing live. Some even went as far as to claim that she was miming the words to prerecorded tracks. One viewer sarcastically quipped that Rihanna “is able to keep singing even when she puts the mic aside and doesn’t move her lips at all.” Another lamented her alleged lip-syncing and shared footage of her cover of Kanye West’s “All of the Lights,” where her lips and lyrics appeared to sync poorly.
Some fans were disillusioned, with one expressing confusion as to why Rihanna would bother doing the halftime show if she wasn’t going to lip-sync correctly. However, it is worth noting that many pop stars, including Katy Perry and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, have been accused of mouthing their lyrics during Super Bowl halftime performances.
Wrapping up, while some viewers were disappointed with Rihanna’s apparent lip-syncing, it is important to recognize that the NFL’s policy allows for pre-recorded live rehearsals. Regardless of the lip-syncing controversy, Rihanna’s electrifying performance and pregnancy announcement made for an unforgettable Super Bowl halftime show.
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