Surprise, Jennifer Hudson lip-synched the national anthem at the Super Bowl [All emphasis in the following is mine].
On Jan. 20, Jennifer Hudson sat in a Tampa hotel room and watched her new president make history on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. With the inspiring words of Barack Obama echoing in her head, the R&B divette then went to a local studio and recorded her version of the national anthem, the very one you heard at Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIII.
Watch it, again,
You know I thought I was pretty good at telling live from lip syncing, guess I’ll have to practice more.
Here’s something interesting,
The NFL requires its pregame performers to prerecord their songs.
How about that? And not only Hudson,
Hudson pretaped her power, her pop, her patriotism in spacious Studio A of Morrisound Recording. Country star Faith Hill, who sang America the Beautiful at the game, also recorded at the noted Tampa facility.
Not-so-coincidentally, Minor also produced Whitney Houston’s anthemic awesomeness at 1991s Super Bowl XXV in Tampa. That was also jaw-dropping. And yes, that was also prerecorded.
The goal? A risk-free performance.
“That’s the right way to do it,” said Rickey Minor, the pregame show producer, who has produced numerous Super Bowl pregame performances and is the music director for “American Idol.” “There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.”
And there you have it. I understand the reasoning, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I will now know that at important sporting events of well known songs, the performance more than likely is lip synched.