Beyonce sang an emotional and outstanding performance of 'The Star Spangled Banner' over the weekend at the Presidential Inauguration - or so you may think. New York Post's Page Six reported that the singer decided at the last minute to lip-sync the National Anthem over the weekend, a rep for the United States Marine Band revealed.
The band rep, Kristin DuBois, told Page Six, “All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day." She adds, “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.”
That's not the full story. A source tells Us Weekly mag that she didn't lip-sync, but rather she sang over a pre-recorded track. A source tells the magazine, "She didn't think there was anything wrong with it. Pavarotti has done it! It was freezing out, and if she messed up just one note, that would have been the story."
Aretha Franklin, for one, is on Bey's side. She told ABC, "the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather."
In this version of the song, you can hear Beyonce singing over the recorded track, and she's matching it pretty perfectly. Check it out: