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.