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In (Mild) Defense of Liza Minnelli’s ‘Single Ladies’

Yes, Liza Minnelli’s version of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” for the motion picture Sex and the City 2, is a little bit harsh, particularly around the 2:05 mark. But it is also Classic Liza, in the way that whenever Liza performs for comedic effect, it usually ends up sounding something like this, perhaps because her instrument is obstructed by her tongue inserted firmly into her cheek.

Also, we are listening to the audio track without any visuals, which means we miss Ms. Minnelli in action during the film, performing at the gay wedding (that’s the scene this is from, right?), where Cameras 2 and 3, zooming in between Liza’s legs and around her headspace will distract you from the vocals.

What Liza should be criticized for, if anything, is performing “Single Ladies” at all. It immediately dates Sex 2, making the film feel like some relic from 2009. She should’ve done Ke$ha’s “Tick Tock.”

By:          JD
On:           May 24, 2010
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    • wmcarpenter

      Dude this is lightyears better than Beyonce.

      May 24, 2010 at 11:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • OhYeah

      She should have done “Telephone”.

      May 24, 2010 at 11:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KleenexBoy

      Oh God, this is awful! I am cringing!

      May 24, 2010 at 11:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • whatever

      she still got it!

      May 24, 2010 at 11:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • George

      This is wonderful! And I like Beyonce, but this is just so charming

      May 24, 2010 at 11:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jon (one of the other ones)

      That was painful.

      Minnelli should stop taking career advice from Sam Harris.

      May 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rob

      It’s not like this is the type of song she usually performs, anyway. No, it doesn’t sound like Beyonce. Who cares? It’s Liza Fucking Minnelli performing a pop song at a gay wedding. Enjoy it while it lasts.

      May 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Arkano18

      This is just wrong.

      I mean, Liza can do WAY better than performing Beyotchcé.

      May 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Patrick

      Kind of sounds like Katherine Hepburn.

      May 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shawn

      This is very sad. She sounds REALLY old and worn out. She has practically no singing voice left.

      She should give up the singing and stick to acting. I hope that, if they do an “Arrested Development” movie, she is brought back as Lucille 2. She was pretty funny.

      May 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz

      This is shtick, not music– but I think it is how she intended it.

      May 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron

      Liza is a legend and I have the utmost respect for her and her long and storied career! But even the Beyonce haters have to admit, this is just AWFUL! Why Liza, WHY?

      May 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greg G.

      a little desperate act BUT it’s good that she did it. We don’t want little up and coming twink-E! generation young ones to never know who Liza is. She’s at least giving exposure no a newer audience.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:06 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Phil

      She should have put a ring on it, for sure!

      May 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sexy Rexy

      I can’t stand Beyonce’, but I didn’t mind the original song. This is majorly painful.

      May 28, 2010 at 9:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lisa Driscoll

      Liza’s performance was one of my favorite parts of the movie!

      Oct 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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