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The Superbowl performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a huge accomplishment for any vocalist. Such a compliment that you don't even have to sing it live -- it's normally pre-recorded. Some folks are saying that Christina Aguilera should've lip synched with a fresh wig like everyone else, considering she botched the lyrics. I don't care what anyone says, the girl still has soul. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is a ridiculously hard song to sing and even Whitney Houston at her prime lip synched at the 1991 Superbowl.
There have been some amazing performances but considering it is all about trembling lips and drag-like lip synching, you decide -- who truly lip synched for their life?
Vanessa Williams in 1996
Vanessa, who has seen many of drag queens in her time, is hitting every syllable of "The Star-Spangled Banner"! She doesn't have the powerhouse vocals of a Whitney but her musical theater background shows in this pre-recorded performance.
Cher in 1999
Cher makes no apologies for hating to sing live -- she is a lip synching connoisseur! Nonetheless, the drag icon gives a perfect performance. Plus, the woman behind her is sign languag-ing for her life!
Beyonce in 2004
This was pretty convincing from Bey. Neck rolling, hand movements and a trembling jaw. Go off Bey, go off...
Jennifer Hudson in 2009
This was the comeback performance for Jennifer Hudson and many people were shocked to hear it was lip synched. Ricky Minor, the former musical director for American Idol, confirmed to the Huffington Post that the NFL requires all the singers to submit their track a week before the game.
Whitney Houston in 1991
Nippy went for full blow drama here. The wig, the sweat, the fist in the air and it is considered the greatest performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner." The performance was released as a single and reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. I think RuPaul would say, "Sashay you stay!"