Rihanna hit the stage Sunday night at the Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show more than five years after her last live performance at the 2018 Grammys.

While fans loved her explosive 12-song performance, some critics were quick to accuse the Barbadian singer of lip-syncing, calling it “worst lip-sync ever.”

Her long-awaited return to music created an unreasonable amount of pressure, making it seem that not everyone would be impressed with her performance. Amid the allegations, the singer did not miss a beat and kept up with her hundreds of dancers. Rihanna also used her halftime slot to announce her and rapper A$AP Rocky’s pregnancy with their second child. 

Her performance was adored by many women around the country, with some claiming on social media that she made a powerful statement for women.

Unfortunately, critics kept trying to find issues with her performance.

One fan said, “Amazing how Rihanna is able to keep singing even when she puts the mic aside and doesn’t move her lips at all.”

Another vented, “You know I love you but that’s the worst lips sinc [sic] ever. OMG,”

Being accused of lip-syncing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show is nothing new for the singers who get the chance to perform.

Superstars such as Katy Perry and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. However, lip-syncing isn’t the attack on live music like most critics on social media assume: In line with NFL policy, halftime performers’ rehearsals are pre-recorded live, so they can sing over it as much or as little as they like as a “musical safety net.”

This allows singers to focus on choreography in order to put on a massive show.

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