There has been much discussion this week about whether or not Beyonce's soulful and pitch-perfect performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” at President Obama's inauguration was lip-synched. Take a look at other famous lip-synching controversies.
Whitney Houston at the 1991 Super Bowl:
Houston’s 1991 rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” was lip-synced. The music was pre-recorded, and so was the vocal. A recording of the song, released by popular demand, reached the top 20 on the Billboard charts.
Ashlee Simpson on ‘SNL:’
When Simpson got ready to perform her song “Autobiography” on Saturday Night Live in 2004, the wrong song started to play, creating one of the most awkward live stage moments in recent history.
Elton John Insults Madonna at 2004 ‘Q Awards:’
John famously slammed Madonna at the 2004 Q Awards in London. During the show, John said he was surprised to see Madge nominated in the best live act category. "Since when has lip-synching been live? Anyone who lip-synchs in public on stage when you pay 75 pounds to see them should be shot. Thank you very much," he said while accepting the classic songwriter award.
Jennifer Hudson at the 2009 Super Bowl:
Jennifer Hudson was yet another singer accused of lip-syncing the national anthem at a live event. Producers stated that Hudson delivered a stunning version of the anthem, despite the fact that it was her first public performance since her mother, brother and nephew were killed.
Faith Hill at the 2009 Super Bowl:
The country diva also lip-synced at the Super Bowl in 2009, though her song was “America the Beautiful.”
50 Cent at the 2007 BET Awards:
When the lyrics dropped out of his backing track at the 2007 BET Awards, 50 Cent waded into the audience to give out handshakes, causing some to speculate that he forgot the lyrics to his own song. When the lyrics to "Amusement Park" returned, and the rapper continued lip syncing.
Britney Spears on her ‘Circus’ Tour:
Spears' comeback tour sparked controversy over accusations of lip syncing, causing some disgusted fans to walk out of her shows. Entertainment journalist Rebekah Devlin wrote, “We were led to believe the lip-syncing was necessary because her dancing was so rigorous, she couldn’t possibly sing. But her moves were sloppy and stiff, as well as out of time.”
Milli Vanilli at every single performance:
In what has become the greatest lip-syncing scam of all time, pop duo from Germany Milli Vanilli revealed after winning a Grammy in 1990 (it was revoked) that they didn’t sing any of their songs, ever. The first public sign that the group was lip-synching happened in late 1989 during a live performance on MTV when the recording of their hit song "Girl You Know It's True" jammed and began to skip, repeating the partial line "Girl, you know it's..." over and over on the speakers.