Did Beyonce Lip-Synch National Anthem at Inauguration? [UPDATED]
Beyonce’s powerful performance of the National Anthem at Monday’s Inauguration Ceremony was apparently lip-synched, although there are conflicting official versions of events. On Tuesday, Master Sgt. Kristin DuBois of the U.S. Marine Band, which performed with Beyonce, informed reporters that the singer had decided to sing to a pre-recorded voice track rather than perform live.
“We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyonce was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track,” said DuBois. “Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”
But things got murkier late Tuesday, when a Marine Corps spokesperson backed off the original statement, saying that because the pop superstar had not rehearsed with the band, it was determined that the band’s pre-recorded track should be used during the performance for President Obama.
“Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance,” said Capt. Gregory Wolf, “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.” It should be noted that Wolf did not deny the reports that Beyonce had indeed lip-synched to pre-recorded vocals. Meanwhile, representatives for Beyonce and the Inauguration organizers have not responded to requests for clarification.
News that Beyonce may have lip-synched surprised many, especially given the fact that Beyonce emotionally ripped out her earpiece at one point during the performance. It’s standard procedure for all the music tied to the festivities to be pre-recorded in case conditions including poor weather complicate things for the live performers.
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