It's final? Beyonce was lip-syncing, report says
Posted January 23, 2013
The Beyoncé did-she-or-didn't-she scandalette keeps getting more absurd. Now CNN is reporting tonight that she did indeed lip-sync the Star-Spangled Banner on Inauguration Day, while the Wall Street Journal says she sang over her own voice on a pre-recorded track.
"She did not sing live," CNN quoted an anonymous "inaugural official" as saying. Instead, she lip-synced to her pre-recording of the national anthem, which captured her powerful rendition of the difficult-to-sing song.
This is standard practice at inaugurations and other major outdoor events, and Beyoncé would not have been criticized for doing it because, after all, it was her singing on the recording.
The inauguration official told CNN the singer decided on Sunday night to go with the recording instead of singing live on Monday because she arrived too late to rehearse with The President's Own U.S. Marine Band, the 212-year-old military institution that provides the music at inaugurations and other important national ceremonies.
Meanwhile, the Journal obtained an audio of the Inauguration Day performance which sounded as if there were two Beyoncés singing that day, with the prerecording used to bolster her live vocals.
As a measure of the interest in the Beyoncé kerfuffle, CNN assigned its national political correspondent Jim Acosta to tracking down the truth. He even interviewed the singer's sound engineer and examined the buttons on the sound board. The engineer said he knew what happened but refused to disclose it.
The truth about this miniature scandal has been elusive since Tuesday, in part because Beyoncé isn't saying anything, as is her usual practice. But it didn't help when the Marine Band confirmed on Tuesday morning that she lip-synced and the band only pretended to accompany her, then by evening retracted that confirmation, saying no one in the band was in a position to know. The band did play live for Kelly Clarkson, who sang My Country, 'Tis of Thee live.
Presidential spokesman Jay Carney, trying to brief the White House press corps about important matters today, was briefly sidetracked by Beyoncé questions along the line of "what does the president know and does he care?"
Semi-exasperated, Carney said he knew nothing, adding sarcastically, "I'm glad you guys are focused on the important issues of the day here."
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