It’s a consensus. Beyoncé’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s inauguration was stirring. That it wasn’t just the weather that gave you chills but the vocals as well.
But one day after that awesome ‘performance,’ we hear stories and read headlines that go something like “Did Beyoncé lip-sync the national anthem?” Is this supposed to be a controversy in the first place? We can ask Beyoncé’s mic.
A rep for the US Marine Corps Band, Kristen DuBois, told some media outlets that the singer chose to lip-sync to a pre-recorded track.
“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day. We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyoncé was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”
On the other hand, Kelly Clarkson sang her piece, “My Country Tis of Thee,” live. Apparently, Beyoncé didn’t have enough time to prep for the event because she’s set to perform at halftime at the Super Bowl in February.
The band director, Colonel Michael J. Colburn, said:
“We had Kelly in over the weekend to rehearse and record. Beyonce, she’s getting ready for the Super Bowl, so we didn’t have a chance to do anything with her until last night.”
The band later backed off from their statement. But that didn’t stop tongues from wagging. To be fair, we have to understand that other than the reason of having little prep time, singing in freezing temperatures may have played a part in the lip-syncing issue.
As what DuBois told TMZ, ” We all know Beyoncé can sing.”
Yes, and if indeed she lip-synced “The Star-Spangled Banner,” she lip-synced to her own voice. This wasn’t Milli Vanilli.
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