January 23, 2013 01:22 PM by Donna W. Martin
American Idol guest star, Beyonce is getting negative publicity, again! After signing a deal with Pepsi, a petition was started on We The People and garnered more than 500,000 signatures calling for the pop superstar to be ‘disinvited’ from singing the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration. The White House later removed the petition and Beyonce was allowed to perform. But now, she’s getting slammed for allegedly lip-syncing during her performance. Will the backlash from the lip-sync controversy tarnish her image?
While we cannot be certain if Beyonce did in fact lip-sync the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony, we have to wonder if the negative publicity will tarnish her image. And according to Forbes, the answer is no. Through the years, many big name acts including Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, and Britney Spears have endured lip-syncing controversy and their images were not hurt by it in the long run.
In fact, lip-syncing is a commonplace musical practice and may occur more often than we’d like to think. LeAnn Rimes spoke out in Beyonce’s defense. “I’m actually taking up for her on this one,” LeAnn said, according to E! News. “There are times when people will ask you to do it, and they will not let you [sing] unless you [agree to lip-sync] because they want control over what happens,” she said.
Jennifer Lopez agreed saying, “In certain venues and stuff, they do prerecord things, because you’re going to have that terrible slapback.” She added, “All performers have to do it at some point…just ideally, not on such a massive stage.”
Voice instructor, Ilana Martin “estimates that 25% of performers use something called a ‘magic mic’” when they perform. The mic produces a hybrid of live and prerecorded sounds, which allows the prerecorded sound to fade in and out as the volume of notes sung into the microphone changes. Martin explains, “You pre-record, sing some notes, the engineer mutes some, and it’s literally a mixture of you and your recording. The same way auto-fill fills in a sentence or spell-check corrects your spelling, this corrects your singing.”
Martin added it’s likely that Beyonce used a similar device during her National Anthem performance. And as far as her image, “I don’t think anything can hurt the Beyonce brand. It’s kind of like the McDonald’s brand–it’s too good to be hurt by one incident.”
What did you think of Beyonce’s inauguration performance? Do you think she lip-synced the National Anthem? Or did she use a device similar to the magic mic? Will the controversy surrounding her performance hurt her image? Sound off in the comments section and let us know what you think.
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