Madonna Lip-Syncs Real Good During the Super Bowl Halftime, Elton John Currently Speechless (Video)

Gladiators! Cheerleaders! Tightrope dancers! LMFAO! Why not-singing made Madge's performance all the more Super

138324846 Madonna Lip Syncs Real Good During the Super Bowl Halftime, Elton John Currently Speechless (Video)

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Even if she wasn’t singing live, Madonna took her frenemy’s words to heart. Not content to stop at “good,” Madonna’s performance was great; earning her resounding applause from everyone from Fred Durst to Alec Baldwin and The New Yorker‘s music critic Sasha Frere-Jones, who was liveblogging the event:

 

I no longer believe that this performance contains any live singing, nor do I care. The song is better than I thought, now it seems as happy as it should have, maybe because of the positive pressure of live performance…

And now it’s “Like a Prayer,” my fifth favorite Madonna song. This crazy-ass video screen field is genuinely wicked. Is this maybe live singing now? Cee-Lo has been brought in to do black lame (I think) gospel robes. This sounds live, and I assume Cee-Lo is here to kill the hook. Madge knows the crowd—choose the song Americans know, and hey, election year, let’s go with prayer.

In conclusion: Did Madonna lip-sync? Probably. (Though we won’t say yes for sure, because we don’t want to get an angry call from Liz Rosenberg tomorrow.)

Did it matter? Not at all. Despite a few detractors, not even Sir Elton John nor Mr. Furnish could muster any public Haterade for a dazzling performance whose only “Fuck You” moment came not from a Cee Lo reference nor a pissed off Madonna, but from M.I.A. trying to make a statement about…lord knows what.

Maybe we need more lip-syncing during these live shows: it certainly couldn’t have hurt last year’s Black Eyed Peas debacle. And the perfect vocals allowed us to pay attention to what really mattered: Madonna’s bizarrely fantastic costume changes. As comedian Julie Klausner tweeted during the show, “Every man’s fantasy of an ancient gay icon cheerleader in front of a marching band just came true.”

What could be more apropos during a football game than that?

Comments

  1. Alwoit says:

    Ok, yes Madonna was lipsynced, but Elton gets to sit at his Piano and play awesome music where as Madonna, in addition to have sang the song originally has to perform some spectcular feat of dancing and such… to this end, can we really expect her not to lip sync?? 

    Not to mention, the music she is doing now goes along the lines of techno in the sense that some of it is synthesized absolutely changing the outcome of expectation in sound value if she sings it. 

    What I am trying to say is that, Elton you can sing, and at the end of the day, we know Madonna can too… this is not some Millie Vanilli business where they can carry a tune if it was strapped to their backs….

    1. r.e.b. says:

      Let’s just call it a dance performance, not a music performance.   As far as I could tell there was no live music or singing at all.  Boring.

    2. Big Dave says:

      I don’t think anyone thinks this Milli Vanilli business. It would just be really really nice to hear a live performance, not some dancing light show. Its ridiculous in my opinion. 

      1. Edwin says:

        You know people.. The super bowl is a graphic show meat to entertain, The show was phenomenal.. One of the best in my opinion or the best.  But again, it’s just my opinion and that’s what matters to me.  If you didn’t care for the show then why did you watch it.  It’s very simple… change the channel and STOP winning.

    3. Luke Stammen says:

      umm GaGa would’ve done it all live and blown it out of the damn park. TRUST.

    4. Lulu says:

      lady Gaga sings live and dances a lot harder than madonna. You can actually hear her huffing and puffing some times.

  2. viking fan says:

    Artists are chosen because of the singing not for dancing, flipping, or running around. Madonna was a joke. She’s to narcissitic and vain to possibly sing subpar during a live performance and let us she has flaws too! Note to all performers that are performing live … ONLY SING SONGS YOU CAN PERFORM LIVE! That is the point of a live show! If I wanted to listen to her CD or on the radio, I would. Can you say Milli Vanilli? Whoever books these acts should be fired!!!

    1. Matt Carlson says:

      If you think that artists are chosen for Super Bowl halftime for singing, you’re deluded. They’re chosen because they can put on a show and attract eyeballs for advertisers.  Madonna accomplished both of those things.  Now, in a concert I personally prefer live performance with as little choreography as possible, but in a halftime spectacular? Nah, I’m not going to nitpick. 

    2. Adam K Bice says:

       So you’re talking about people who can really sing? Like Whitney Houston? Because she lip-synced her 1991 Super Bowl performance.

    3. Juztice says:

      That’s not actually true…plenty of artists are chosen because they’re entertainers, not singers.  Enter: Britney Spears, Ke$ha

  3. giggly6542 says:

    Honestly I would prefer lip syncing to fergies botched performance last year. At least this way it sounds good where as last year she sounded like she was trying to hollar out over everyone else so she could be heard.

  4. Tee Thompson says:

    I bet even people who pay to see her get ripped off.

  5. Hank1980 says:

    Prince didn`t lip sync Paul Mccartney didnt lip sync because they are musicians…But britney and ashlee simpson lip sync..Madonna is lumped with them.. 

    1. pablo t says:

      actually when ashlee tried to sing live @ orange bowl (youtube it) she sounded so horrible she got booed big time

    2. Kerrystansbury says:

      I don’t know why she lip synced for the superbowl since she is one of the best live performers of all times.

      1. Jeanie says:

        Just because she’s a good performer doesn’t make her a good singer…she  lipsyncs because she can barely carry a tune without the aid of producers to make her sound good….Watch her sign live on the Oscars when her Dick Tracy song was nominated and you’ll see what I mean.

      2. Kerrystansbury says:

        I don’t know how Madonna does in concert now, but when she was in her prime she was awsome. Watch some of her live concert DVD’s and you will change your opinion of her. The Virgin Tour 1984, Ciao Italy 1988, The Bonde Ambition Tour 1990.

  6. Hank1980 says:

    Prince didn`t lip sync Paul Mccartney didnt lip sync because they are musicians…But britney and ashlee simpson lip sync..Madonna is lumped with them.. 

  7. nathan says:

    Rihanna is not the best singer ever but she is quite a performer and she did it live last year and it was pretty good actually

  8. AurouranBorealis says:

    Snapped Lady Gaga back into her place? YEAH RIGHT! If anything, that only boosted her, because she only proved that she is a flop live. Lady Gaga would NEVER lip sync, and in today’s world, when you lip sync you’re over.

    Oh yeah, and besides, Madonna’s new flop single rose 7 spots on iTunes for the whole 12 minute performance. Lady Gaga’s Edge of Glory rose 54 spots from a 1 minute superbowl ad.
    Who makes the better music? The numbers don’t lie.

    1. Anonymous says:

      If you want a FAIR comparison compare 80’s, early90’s  Madonna to Gaga.  Not Gaga to current Madonna.  Madonna was just as big or bigger in her early years.

    2. Female says:

      I prefer Madonna’s song besides Gaga has much more newer fans. Madonna has much more hits behind her than GaGa does. You can’t compare a Queen to a Jester. I like GaGa but the fact she needs outrageous costumes, controversial videos, and all this other nonsense makes her more of a joke sadly.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Madonna also used outrageous costumes and controversial videos in her early career.  In fact, that’s how she established herself.  The difference is that Gaga can sit down at a piano and without any dancers, smoke and mirrors, enthrall an audience for an hour with nothing more than her voice.  Madonna has never been able to do this and never will. It’s particularly ironic that after accusing Gaga of ‘re-doing’ Express Yourself in Born This Way, which really doesn’t sound much like EY at all, Madonna’s new single uses the exact same chord structure AND melody from ‘Bohemian Like You’ by the Dandy Warhols.  The songs are so alike that it’s almost as if Madonna took the Dandy Warhols song and just wrote new lyrics for it and substituted synthesizers for the guitars and Vox organ.  Born This Way is only minimally similar to Express Yourself, but Give Me All Your Luvin’ is almost identical to Bohemian Like You.  Madonna has always appropriated the work of others and reworked it into her own style.  Like Madonna, Gaga borrows visual references from other artists (like Marilyn Monroe) but is always clear that it’s a visual quote; Madonna tries to pass it off as her own work…which is why she’s lost or settled so many copyright infringement lawsuits.

    3. Aaroniuspolonius says:

      That anyone is giving this 53 year old woman this much of a platform to continue to create pop music moments is truly astonishing. I like Gaga, but it’s insane to compare them, and really not fair to either of them. Gaga seems to have been forced into this role as the New Madonna, and I find her more to be the New Bjork or New Grace Jones or New Kate Bush. Madonna is also forced into this trap, where if she adopts the freak flag Gaga’s waving, she’s ‘reductive’ and if she doesn’t, she’s antiquated. As for the better music, I detest the new Madonna earwig, but over the course of an entire career? Not fair to Gaga. To put this another way, if in 2038 Gaga is still being given these opportunities to blitz pop music and culture, we can then call her the New Madonna. She has yet to hit HALF A DECADE in the spotlight. If she makes it there and then fades, she’s just typical. If she pulls it to 20, she’s Britney. But 30? Good luck UgChuck. (Another way in which the comparison between the two is ridonk, as Madonna STILL looks hotter than that troglodyte mess that is Gaga, and the former trades on her sexiness while the latter embraces and glams up her fug.)

    4. Aaroniuspolonius says:

      That anyone is giving this 53 year old woman this much of a platform to continue to create pop music moments is truly astonishing. I like Gaga, but it’s insane to compare them, and really not fair to either of them. Gaga seems to have been forced into this role as the New Madonna, and I find her more to be the New Bjork or New Grace Jones or New Kate Bush. Madonna is also forced into this trap, where if she adopts the freak flag Gaga’s waving, she’s ‘reductive’ and if she doesn’t, she’s antiquated. As for the better music, I detest the new Madonna earwig, but over the course of an entire career? Not fair to Gaga. To put this another way, if in 2038 Gaga is still being given these opportunities to blitz pop music and culture, we can then call her the New Madonna. She has yet to hit HALF A DECADE in the spotlight. If she makes it there and then fades, she’s just typical. If she pulls it to 20, she’s Britney. But 30? Good luck UgChuck. (Another way in which the comparison between the two is ridonk, as Madonna STILL looks hotter than that troglodyte mess that is Gaga, and the former trades on her sexiness while the latter embraces and glams up her fug.)

    5. Kerrystansbury says:

      Let’s see where Lady Gaga is when she’s 54 years old!

  9. Arch says:

    Time to bring the best live singer, queen of standing ovation, CHARICE !!!

  10. Kimasabe90035 says:

    Lip syncing is a fraud. Elton’s opinion is correct.

    Whenever syncing is condoned, there’s no way to know vocas’ origins. This is how Milli Vanilli fraud happened .

  11. Loloolo says:

    Don’t judge unless you’ve done it yourself.

  12. Kinsella says:

    The best half-time show ever was U2’s.

    It will never be surpassed in my opinion.

  13. Rayl90125 says:


    Madonna Lip-Syncs Real Good” – NO WAY! It was horrid. My main question is WHY?

  14. Jsal229 says:

    Like someone said earlier.madonna is an entertainer,not a singer/musician,just like jlo and all these other clowns.they get paid to entertain you and put on a show.its amazing though,how many people really believe she was singing

  15. Qins says:

    lol what kind of madonna fan has ever been interested in her singing abilities? she’s an entertainer and she’s amazing!

  16. Luke Stammen says:

    umm my friend was AT the superbowl, and they announced to the audience, “THE ARTISTS PERFORMING TONIGHT HAVE OPTED TO PRE-RECORD THEIR PERFORMANCES.” I mean, i don’t see how there’s much of a dispute. Madonna can’t sing live.

    1. Kerrystansbury says:

      You’re an idiot, Madonna is one of the best “live” singers of all times and if you had seen any of her concerts you would know that rather than posting ignorant comments here!

  17. Luke Stammen says:

    love how they deleted my comment cause it proved she was lip-syncing. goodbye to this comment as well. :P

  18. Lazha69 says:

    This was a Half-Time  SHOW PERFORMACE.  No where does it say it needs to be live or the artist must sing it live.  Only thing NFL ask for is a PERFORMANCE.  She broke every TV record with her PERFORMANCE, including the actual game viewing it self as more people turned to watch her than the game.  All you “omg she lip-synched” people need to realize she was asked to put on performance and she absolutely nailed it, not to mention doing it as a 53 year old.  As far as Elton goes, he is a one trick pony in terms of his actual live voice.  If you want to enjoy a true masterpiece of live performances listen to Freddy, or even Christina.  Very very few people can sing live really well, neither of those is Madonna or Elton.

  19. Lazha69 says:

    This was a Half-Time  SHOW PERFORMACE.  No where does it say it needs to be live or the artist must sing it live.  Only thing NFL ask for is a PERFORMANCE.  She broke every TV record with her PERFORMANCE, including the actual game viewing it self as more people turned to watch her than the game.  All you “omg she lip-synched” people need to realize she was asked to put on performance and she absolutely nailed it, not to mention doing it as a 53 year old.  As far as Elton goes, he is a one trick pony in terms of his actual live voice.  If you want to enjoy a true masterpiece of live performances listen to Freddy, or even Christina.  Very very few people can sing live really well, neither of those is Madonna or Elton.

    1. Kerrystansbury says:

      You obviously never heard Madonna sing “live” in concert, she is among the best live singers in the world. I have been to hundreds of concerts and several of them were Madonna, I would rate her in the top five for singing and #1 for total performance.

  20. Kerrystansbury says:

    For all those that think Lady Gaga is so great and would never lip sync, apparently you never watched “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving 2010″, She lip synced “Marry the Night” which is the only part of it I saw, but I am guessing probably other songs too!

  21. Jeanie says:

    Gaga slapped back into her place? You mean Gaga, who performs live and can dance circles around Madonna? I have nothing against Madonna, but if you’re going to write a article, try taking off the blinders…showing bias isn’t the mark of good journalism.

    1. Kerrystansbury says:

      Your the on that needs to take the blinders off! Have you ever seen Madonna in concert when she was Lady Gaga’s age? Obviously not, or you wouldn’t make such a stupid statement. Let’s see where Gaga is when she’s 53 years old. Whey don’t you watch some of Madonna’s live concert videos, The Virgin Tour 1984, Ciao Italy 1988 and The Blonde Ambition Tour 1990 before you post something of which you know nothing. I was at all three of those tours in the USA and they were among the best concerts I have ever seen, and I have been to hundreds of concerts of all genres. Gaga has a good voice, but she never will be the performer that Madonna was.

  22. Mike Snoow says:

    Another thing i have in common with madonna we both never sand at the super bowl half time show