Usher’s halftime performance has already divided fans.
During his Super Bowl LVIII halftime show at Allegiant Stadium, nicknamed the $2 billion Death Star, the R&B singer sent fans into a frenzy over whether he was lip sync or not.
Almost immediately after his highly anticipated act began, fans were speculating on social media whether or not he was actually singing.
People seemed divided on the subject.
“Does Usher lip sync?” a fan asked on X, formerly Twitter.
“At least we know he doesn’t lip sync #SuperBowl #Usher.”
“Bailiff with the lip sync,” said another.
“Lipe sync alert,” added a fourth.
“Looks like they forgot the lip sync part of Usher’s performance,” said a fifth.
Despite a number of naysayers online, the pop icon performed without the aid of lip-syncing technology,
His high-energy set quickly took its toll on the 45-year-old, who could be heard breathing heavily through the microphone.
Usher was joined on stage by rapper Ludacris and CeeLoo Green.
Many people understandably wanted to know what the standard was for singing at the Super Bowl.
The simple answer is: it depends.
Over the years, various music legends have lip-synced and sang live at the Super Bowl – which has had a number of controversial moments over the years.
If a performance involves a lot of dancing or is generally very energetic and well-choreographed, the likelihood that the artist will lip sync is greater.
Indeed, too much movement will leave them out of breath and affect their vocal performance.
Not exactly what you’d want, with over 100 million people around the world.
Lip syncing ultimately allows the artist to put together a complete performance, dancing and all.
That said, even if an artist is lip-syncing, they will still sing some parts live, although the pre-recorded vocals and backing tracks will enhance their singing.
Artists who have mixed lip syncing with live vocals over the years include Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry.
Usher recently appeared on Good Morning America where he discussed his performance.
Some even thought Taylor Swift might join him.
“It’s a dream of mine and a bucket list, you know, to be able to get it,” he said. “You know, they say what is it, Oscar, Tony, Grammy, Emmy, right?
“You should put [the] There’s also the Super Bowl, right?
When asked if it would be a one-man show or if he planned to invite friends, the singer coyly replied: “It’s going to be a great show.”
“In Vegas, you know, it’s [the] dealer choice.
Speaking after being confirmed as headliner in September 2023, he said: “It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally be able to cross a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list.
“I can’t wait to give the world a show unlike anything they’ve seen before.
“Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity possible. I will see you very soon.”
The San Francisco 49ers currently lead the Kansas City Chiefs, 10-3, at halftime.
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