It has been confirmed that Beyoncé lip-synced her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” Monday at the President’s Inauguration.
After awing everyone and receiving high praises, the truth has been revealed about her performance. The singer made the last minute decision to lip-sync.
“We don’t know why the decision was made,” U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois told CNN. “She did not actually sing.”
Beyoncé gave a stunning performance and seemed cool, calm and collected during the high-pressure moment being watched by so many. She even removed her earpiece several times during her performance which made it look even more realistic to a live performance.
“We don’t know why Beyoncé decided to use prerecorded music,” a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band told http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/afterhours/inauguration-2013/did-beyonce-lip-sync-the-star-spangled-banner.php>The Washingtonian. “All music for inaugural ceremonies is prerecorded as a matter of course, and that’s something we’ve done for years and years. The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyoncé wanted to use the recording.”
The night before, Beyoncé did post a picture on Instagram during her recording session the night before with the Marine Corps Band, which caused speculation.
According to Colonel Colburn, who spoke to The Washingtonian this afternoon, “She wasn’t comfortable performing without a rehearsal, and I wasn’t comfortable with that either.” Colburn did say that he couldn’t confirm whether or not Beyonce didn’t sing live.
It is common to record performances, however, in case there is a need for a backup plan. Kelly Clarkson also pre-recorded her performance of “My Country Tis of Thee” but opted to sing live.
“We all know Beyoncé can sing and the Marine Band can play,” DuBois said. “I’ve been with the band 14 years. It’s not unusual,” Kristen DuBois, a spokeswoman for the band told CNN.
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