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.
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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.
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.
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