Does It Even Matter? Cissy Houston Says There’s No Way Whitney Houston Lip-synched The National Anthem

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January 31, 2013 ‐ By

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In case you haven’t noticed, which I’m sure you have, lip-synching is all anyone cares about these days. And now because Beyonce “fooled” everyone during the inauguration, journalists are going to dig into every lip-synching controversy ever to find out did they or didn’t they — starting with Whitney Houston.

Since Cissy is on the interview trail right now after her candid interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired Monday night, OMG Insider took the opportunity to ask Whitney’s mother about her daughter’s famous performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” during Super Bowl XXV in 1991.  Cissy told Kevin Frazier:

“She killed it. I was so proud of her and I wasn’t there. I had broken my ankle and I couldn’t go.”

When the reporter then asked Cissy about the Super Bowl affiliates wanting Whitney to lip-sync, she said:

“She wouldn’t do it. She said, ‘I want to sing it’ and she sang it.  She sang it! Yeah. I was real proud of her. Always been proud of her.”

As we all know by now, that’s not what the story has been all these years. In 2004, Jimmy Jam told Seattle PI nonchalantly “I thought everybody knew that everybody lip-synched” and specifically said of Whitney:

“Whitney, when she did the national anthem, which was the greatest national anthem that we ever heard, what we heard over the air was prerecorded. The reason it was prerecorded was, that was a moment that no one wanted any mistakes. They didn’t want any feedback, they didn’t want any technical difficulties … and it was great.”

Honestly, at this point, Whitney Houston is gone and this performance was 22 years ago. Her rendition of the National Anthem, whether live or not, is still one of the greatest to ever be done, and if it weren’t for Beyonce’s wanna-be scandal no one would even care. And sorry to say, but Cissy is not the most reliable source. What kind of mother would she be to not defend her daughter’s legacy, much like she’s done when questions of her drug use have risen. We just need to leave it alone and stick to what Jimmy Jam said : everybody lip-syncs.

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  • Babydoll 70

    Next they’ll say Marvin Gaye lip synched his version of the National Anthem. geesh people. Can we report something that will actuall BENEFIT someone?

  • Anona

    Singing live can be tricky so I can understand if someone wants to lip sync. If you do, KILL IT! You don’t have any excuse so it better sound good. Whitney did that. When I heard Beyonce sing, I didn’t think she sounded good or bad. If she was going to lip sync she should’ve done a much better song!

    • Anona

      Sorry, I meant, better job!

  • Meyaka

    It does matter ,Whitney isn’t here to defend herself and she is being used as a shield to “protect” miss knowles,that’s not cool,find ways to defend your idols without having to use someone else’s name.

  • Bohwe

    after reading some excerpts from the book, i think i want to go back in time, and not read the book at all; the men she listed in whitney’s life that she knew of was a total snoozefest, it’s like really? the explaination why she felt if she could get a younger dude like whitney she would. as far as dating ray j. it’s like you clowning bobby brown, but your ok with whitney embarrassing herself by being with ray j? nothing against ray j but it seems as though if whitney dating ray j of all people she must have been real immature mentally or desperate for any man to pay attention to because ray j just seem so kid like. he may be a good man, but anytime a woman deals with a younger dude like that, it’s a bad reflection on where she is mentally and socially, because a woman wants to be with a man not a child. how can a man take on the dominate role in the relationship if you old enough to be his mama? jmo. that’s a reflection on whitney not on ray j. I always thought that this was whitney’s downfall in the end, that maybe after that big scene at Tru Hollywood , Whitney probably reflected on her behavior and what the people in the club was saying, the disappointment from Pat, over hanging with someone so much younger, and felt so embarassed, she thought she needed an escape. Cuz, i pretty sure people in the crowd were probably clowning her.jmo. I don’t know, but for some reason whitney’s relationship with ray j made me lose respect for her. jmo.

    • Ohhh

      Ray j is not a child, he is a 32 year old man. He is up there so why are you calling him a child? Whitney is not his mom. You’re okay with men getting with women when they are old enough to be their dad but not the other way around? What makes you think what you looking for in a man is what whitney was looking for? Why does your rule has to apply to every woman? Quit making excuses for grown men by calling them child when they’re old. You’re one of those women dating gramdaddiies

  • kierah

    With all due respect, Miss Cissy, we could fill the Superdome with all the stuff you didn’t know about Whitney..

    • realadulttalk

      Now THAT is the truth!!!

  • Tee Elyse

    It really shouldn’t matter, but you know folks will find anyway to discredit an artist… both of them sounded great, and it wasn’t as if Bey lip synced to someone else’s voice… Folks really need to find something better to do! Anywho, can’t wait for Sunday to watch Bey shut that halftime show DOWN!!!

  • Tee Elyse

    It really shouldn’t matter, but you know folks will find anyway to discredit an artist… both of them sounded great, and it wasn’t as if Bey lip synced to someone else’s voice… Folks really need to find something better to do! Anywho, can’t wait for Sunday to watch Bey shut that halftime show DOWN!!!

  • KO

    Wtf is on her head?! I know she is not using fur as a weave.

    • MLS2698

      Lol. No, it’s actually an old skool fur hat. You’d be surprised by the ways fur was worn over the years.