This doesn’t really have anything to do with the Super Bowl halftime show, except in the sense that it does, although it’s about the non-nippled part of the show. That is, the lip-synching.
“What lip-synching?” is the proper response from the music industry, the wrong thing to say to a person who just downloaded the “clean” version of “Hot in Herre” the night before the game, and then heard it reproduced, note for note, smudgy edit for smudgy edit, during the halftime show.
Anyway, the NYT (you’ll have to be registered to click that link through) gives us a pretty good overview of the situation, with this interesting passage:
Consider the Super Bowl halftime show. Last year, outraged viewers accused Shania Twain of lip-synching her performance (she sang; the instrumentals were canned). But these purists missed a far more intriguing development. According to Paul Liszewski, the project manager for the broadcast’s audio operations, one performer’s vocals � Mr. Liszewski wouldn’t say whose � were electronically altered, in real time, to correct off-key notes just as they were coming out of the singer’s mouth.
You don’t say!