Beyonce Lip-Synced Inauguration: Marine Band

That whole earpiece-ripping thing? All part of the act

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 22, 2013 12:12 PM CST

(Newser) – Many inauguration watchers were impressed when Beyonce ripped out her earpiece while performing the national anthem—appearing to be the victim of audio problems—yet still nailed the song. Except, er, she wasn't actually singing the song. A Marine Corps Band spokesperson tells TMZ and the UK Times that artists typically record a backing track before a live performance, just in case, but that Bey decided at the last minute—for reasons unknown—to lip-sync along to the pre-recorded track rather than sing live. Kelly Clarkson, TMZ notes, sang live.

"We all know Beyonce can sing," says the rep. "We don't know why she chose to use the pre-recorded track." In an article apparently written before Beyonce's lip-syncing became known, Us notes that the singer didn't have time to rehearse with the band until the night before the inauguration, since she's also preparing for her Super Bowl performance. The Washingtonian notes that people sitting close enough could tell Beyonce wasn't singing, nor was the band actually playing. She herself may have offered a hint, having released a picture of herself in a recording studio with Marine Corps Band members the day before her performance. Click to see who else has used a pre-recorded track at an inauguration.

Beyonce sings the National Anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the US Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
Beyonce sings the National Anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the US Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Beyonce sings the National Anthem, just not live.
Kelly Clarkson, on the other hand, did sing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" live.   (ABCNews)

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