According to various reports from The Washingtonian and the London Times, showstopper Beyonce apparently lip-sychned her stunning performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony yesterday.
Kristin DuBois, a rep for the United States Marine Band, revealed that Beyonce decided last minute to use a pre-recorded vocal track. Two days prior to the ceremonies, Beyonce also uploaded two black-and-white photos to Instagram of herself in a recording studio, one of which displayed sheet music for the national anthem.
“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” DuBois explained to Page Six.
Band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn told The Washingtonian that a decision was made Sunday night to use the pre-recorded music track since Beyonce and the band were unable to schedule a full rehearsal.
“She wasn’t comfortable performing without a rehearsal, and I wasn’t comfortable with that either,” Colburn said. “We always knew that was a possibility.”
Using pre-recorded tracks is standard procedure for inauguration ceremonies and was most recently used by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman due to winter weather conditions in 2008.
A rep for Kelly Clarkson confirmed that her performance of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” was performed live at the ceremony.
Beyonce will be the center of attention once again during the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. Her rep did not confirm to Page Six if that performance will be sung live.
The full video of the national anthem performance is available below.