Sorry, can't keep this one in - Beyonce, you suck. At your level you're supposed to be an incredible singer. Lip-synching at the inauguration of the president is the sleaziest, most fraudulent misuse of technology ever. You're a professional in your field. You're supposed to be able to deal with adverse conditions that may affect your voice. Cold outside? Drink some tea, Diva. Do pro football players flinch in bad weather? No. They are paid to perform no matter what. They don't take the play off & say, "I ran that route really well on tape yesterday - just play that in the stadium instead." Preparing for the Superbowl kept you away until the NIGHT BEFORE the inauguration? The game is two. Weeks. Away. That's not enough time??? You are not a professional. You are now a hopelessly insulated commodity just looking to prolong your relevancy & brand name by doing only what it takes to preserve your ridiculously inflated image. Shameful. Get over yourself & quit the bad acting, too. Nobody believed you were really singing despite your best efforts. And of ALL songs to fake??? The National Anthem??? That is the patriotic equivalent of faking an orgasm. Beyonce - you suck.
Beyonce was widely praised for her live rendition of the National Anthem at the inauguration ceremony but now it appears that her performance was lip synched.
A spokesman for the Marine Corps Band who provided the musical accompaniment for the song said that she did not in fact sing in real time, instead opting for a pre-recorded track of the song.
The news comes as a shock since she went to such an effort to pretend as if she was singing live.
The most dramatic moment came when the Grammy-winner ripped out her earpiece mid-song- a move that many singers do when the bounceback in the sound system goes haywire and they are unable to hear themselves correctly.
Now that it is official that she did not actually sing any of the song at the ceremony, it is clear that there was no real need to be concerned about how well she could hear herself.
Members of the Marine Corps Band confirmed that Beyonce did not spend more than one night preparing for the event, as she only spent the night before the Monday performance in the capital. By contrast, Kelly Clarkson flew in several days earlier- and she ended up performing live rather than using the pre-recorded track that she made with the band.
'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 so it's a very, very tight window of opportunity,' Marine Corps Band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn told Buzzfeed.
'As soon as we get information from the presidential inaugural committee who the guest artists are going to be, we make contact with them, find out how we can prepare arrangements that will really kind of flatter their voices — of course in the right key.'
Beyonce did not stay around to soak in the immediate praise from the performance either, as she reportedly flew back to New Orleans on Monday evening to return to Super Bowl preparations.
Though the millions of people who watched the inauguration were kept in the dark about the fake performance, many in the audience apparently knew that something was awry.
The Washingtonian reports that many members of the press- who were seated directly below the podium where Beyonce was 'singing'- observed that the musicians in the Marine Corps Band were not actually playing their instruments during the song.
Instead, they were pretending blow into their instruments, even as their conductor carried on by visually directing the band. His performance, however, was mostly for the cameras.
Even Beyonce hinted that she would not be performing live as she posted a series of pictures of herself singing the Star Spangled Banner in a recording studio with the Marine Corps Band in the days leading up to the ceremony.
The Times of London confirmed the rumor and spoke directly to an unnamed spokesman for the band who said that inaugural performances are always pre-recorded as a precaution, but it is left up to the artist themselves if they would like to use the safety net or go live. Beyonce apparently chose the former.
'We did pre-record it and it was Beyoncé’s decision at the last minute to go with the pre-recorded version,' the spokesman said to The Times.
'This is our 54th inauguration… There is no question of there not being any music – it’s not because the performer cannot do it.'
That is certainly the case when it comes to Kelly Clarkson, who performed before Beyonce and decided to forgo the prepared back up by actually singing live.
'We all know Beyonce can sing... We don't know why she chose to use the pre-recorded track,' the same spokesman told TMZ.
The prospect of using pre-recorded music is not unusual: at President Obama's first inauguration in 2009, famed cellist Yo Yo Ma opted to have the recorded version of the song blasted on the speakers down the Mall and played in television broadcasts.
That said, he still performed live in addition to using the back-ups.
'A broken string was not an option. It was wicked cold,' he said to The New York Times following the performance.
This is not the only time that Beyonce has been haunted by claims that she did not actually sing when she claimed to: in the 2009 Academy Awards, she starred in a musical number with the show's host, Hugh Jackman, and many believed that she did not actually sing.
The event's organizers did not clarify, either, saying only: 'As is the case with any live event of this scale and scope, there are always elements of the show that are pre-recorded. But I will not go into detail about which elements were on this show.'
Calls to Beyonce's press representatives from MailOnline were not immediately answered.
The singers' next major live performance will be at the Superbowl in New Orleans on Feburary 3.