Reports have surfaced online and have been confirmed that Beyonce did not sing the National Anthem LIVE during President Obama’s Inaugural ceremonies on Monday. According to a Unites States Marine Band rep, “we received last-minute word that Beyonce was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track.”
President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on Monday featured performances from Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor, and a rousing rendition of the National Anthem from Beyoncé. Now, reports are surfacing that Beyoncé was lip-synching her performance.
“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” United States Marine Band rep Kristin DuBois told Page Six. “We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyonce was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”
The Washingtonian reports that “it was evident that the band wasn’t actually playing during the song.”
And there you have it! I myself was fortunate enough to be there live on the National Mall and would say that most probably wouldn’t have thought she was lip-syncing. However, when she took that sound piece out here ear that clearly gave it away. Regardless, she did a hell of a job. Let’s not forget that many greats also used pre-recorded tracks.