Beyonce reportedly lip-synced her way through the national anthem during President Obama’s inauguration ceremony Monday. What people heard was a pre-recorded studio track of her singing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” The Times , TMZ and CNN confirmed. Before Monday’s event, this photo on Beyonce’s Instagram account showed her in what appears to be a recording studio. Mashable received this statement from Marine Corps. media officer Eric Flanagan: The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyonce Knowles-Carter in the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony. However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event. Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances. Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded. Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor also performed during the inauguration, and TMZ ‘s source with the U.S. Marine Band says Clarkson sang live. Watch Beyonce perform the… Read full this story
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