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rihanna lip sync super bowl 2023
rihanna lip sync super bowl 2023
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Fans Have A Big Question About Rihanna’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Rihanna took over the Super Bowl halftime show — not only with her amazing set list, but also with her stunning wardrobe. Beginning the show in what appeared to be a head-to-toe red jumpsuit with a matching red jacket, sneakers, latex-looking bandeau, and gloves, she sang “B*tch Better Have My Money,” while she and her backup dancers were on various elevated moving platforms. However, some fans and watchers took to Twitter to ask if the singer was lip syncing for her historic performance.

For example, one Twitter user called the singer out facing away from the mic during “Umbrella” while a backing track played the iconic chorus. Several other users battled it out over whether Rihanna was singing during the performance at all. While fans will probably never know for sure if Rihanna was lip syncing, there were definitely moments where her mic was live. And considering she rocked the halftime show while pregnant, I wouldn’t care if Rihanna did nothing but just stand there as her music played.

Overall, several fans and watchers were impressed with Rihanna’s performance and its straightforwardness.

While some Twitter users speculated that Rihanna was actually lip-syncing through her performance, some were thrilled she used her platform in the way she did.

Overall, it seems that Rihanna’s performance was a mixture of live singing and backing tracks, a format that many live musicians use, and many previous Super Bowl halftime performers have used in previous years. And since I’m pretty sure none of these people tweeting on social media have performed their own Super Bowl halftime show, they shouldn’t be so quick to judge.

Maria Serra is the SEO editor at Her Campus Media, providing updates to evergreen content across all brands including Her Campus, College Fashionista, and Spoon University. She also writes new fashion content for College Fashionista, foodie finds and shopping tips for Spoon U readers, and sex and wellness stories for the HC girlies. As a certified emo girl, it’s no surprise that her previous work includes a wide array of music stories. In the recent past, she served as the assistant editor of Alternative Press magazine where she interviewed her favorite groups including The Aces and The Maine. She also worked with music PR firms including 2bEntertainment, and served on campaigns for rockers such as My Chemical Romance and Mod Sun. Currently, she works as a freelance writer with idobi Radio where she shares music and alternative news with fellow pop-punk lovers. She is planning to expand her work into the freelance world with everything from modern rock tunes all the way to more sex and wellness works. After all, she does have a minor in human sexuality and is quite proud to have that necessary and cool academic background. In her free time, she is a stand-up comedian, sketch performer, and improviser in the Cleveland area working primarily with Imposters Theater. Additionally, she is a dog mother to a perfectly round chihuahua-pug named Bobbie who has four teeth but is still a delightful companion nonetheless. She is debating on whether or not Bobbie needs her own TikTok account… we’ll see. mariaserra@hercampus.com