TVJohn Legend Went Full Andre 3000 to Perform 'Hey Ya' on Lip Sync Battle
Legend donned a wig and overalls for his recreation of the early-aughts smash hit.
Lip Sync Battle, the internet fad before carpool karaoke became the internet fad, has actually been a TV fad for quite some time now. The show has given us many good clips to shamelessly enjoy (and lip sync along to ourselves); case in point: John Legend's lip-sync rendition of Outkast's smash hit "Hey Ya."
Legend went full 3K for the lip sync, donning the wig, facial hair, and bright green shirt we all fondly remember from the music video.
Of course, complete with Stevie Wonder (!) on the piano and a gaggle of backup performers, what Legend is doing barely counts as lip syncing at this point. Let's be honest—he's performing. Lip syncing, traditionally, conjures up images of one person, onstage, pretending to belt out lyrics from the heart in a way that is simultaneously endearing and cringeworthy. For a sync purist, a big-budget production like this can be hard to watch. (It also doesn't help when the camera cuts to fake Sia and real Michael Phelps cheering from the sideline.)
But on the other hand, if John Legend himself is gonna commit so hard to his part of the battle, shouldn't he… actually sing? Dude either needs to commit to syncing in its purest form, or instead let us hear the beautiful voice hidden under those overalls. Maybe Legend should sing "Hey Ya" for real next time—and leave the actual lip syncing to the pros, like Ellen DeGeneres.