Lip-syncing has long been regarded as one of the most disgraceful acts that a singer can do onstage but you might be surprised to know that it is fairly common. In fact, major performers from Whitney Houston to Leona Lewis is committed that act at least once in their careers.
This week’s Way Back Wednesday showcases some of the best singers in the industry as they lip-sync with or without good reason. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this edition of our series so strap yourselves in and watch your favourite artists in action below:
Aretha Franklin – ‘Jump to It’
Beyonce – ‘Deja Vu’
Celine Dion – ‘Power of Love’
Leona Lewis – ‘Happy’
Mariah Carey – ‘We Belong Together’
Whitney Houston – ‘Star Spangled Banner’
Whether they were suffering from vocal issues, dealing with external circumstances or simply forced by producers of the shows, there are many understandable reasons why good singers lip-sync. However, that decision is often made as a result of pure laziness.
For instance, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey are among the most talented vocalists in Pop music yet they regular mime their hits without reason, especially the former, who rarely sings live. Still, who are we to judge? Paying patrons, that’s who!
By the way, don’t assume that singers only lip-sync entire performs because they also mime select notes. Watch Christina Aguilera fake her way through the climax of ‘Candyman’ at the 2:50 mark below: