Check out this professionally shot footage of Ciara and Ludacris performing their Urban smash ‘Ride’ at Atlanta radio station 107.9′s Birthday Bash this past weekend.
Though lip-synced (as a Janet / Destiny’s Child supporter, I’m a pro at spotting such things), Ciara turned in an awesome performance.
For, while I’m sure many will let loose about her not singing live, it’s important to stress that an interesting music scene is one in which its artists each offer something different. Hence, while Beyonce may be able to run across the stage in 6inch stiletto’s, shaking 100lbs of weave on her head, and still sing live, that’s not necessarily everyone’s calling. Ciara, much like the Janet’s, Usher’s and Chris Brown’s is a performer, an attribute she clearly plays to.
In a nutshell, instances like this (aka actually working up a sweat and entertaining an audience), are when lipsyncing should get a pass IMO. Not when just walking up and down the stage, posing and rubbing one’s private areas (see: Modern Day Mariah and The Billy Goat).