Beyonce’s ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Inauguration Performance Was Pre-Recorded: Report

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Beyonce is known for her chilling live performances, but apparently she was lip-syncing at Monday’s Inauguration. After a bit of speculation, The Times confirms that the “Single Ladies” singer was indeed lip-syncing as she took the stage during President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration in Washington, D.C. to perform “Star Spangled Banner.”

Many began speculating when in the midst of her performance she removed an ear piece, which singers typically use to hear themselves. It’s also known that without those earpieces, it makes performing especially hard for the artist. Also, in addition to the earpiece removal, there were some noticeable technical difficulties when the performance began which sparked a debate.

According to The Times, “Beyoncé did not sing the national anthem live at President Obama’s inauguration. Millions of viewers around the world were stunned by the singer’s spectacular rendition of the anthem but The Times has learnt that she was lip-syncing to a pre-recorded backing track.” However, it it was a last minute decision for Beyonce to use the pre-recorded track instead of performing live.

The Times reports, “A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol.”

If you haven’t already, watch Beyonce’s performance of “Star Spangled Banner” below.

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