Beyoncé Wasn't Lip-Syncing: Here's Proof
Professional musician Mike Doughty weighs in
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2013 10:36 AM CST
Beyonce sings the National Anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The Beyoncé mystery continues: Was she or wasn't she lip-syncing at the inauguration? On Slate, one fellow musician declares that, without a doubt, that performance was the real deal. "Beyoncé either sang live, or she's the most gifted lip-syncer in the history of humanity," writes Mike Doughty. It's actually quite easy for a professional musician to spot lip-syncing, he explains. There are a number of clues (mouths lagging behind words, a too-perfect-sounding vocal) that give it away. Similarly, there was a bunch of evidence during Beyoncé's performance that she was singing live.

There were the "barely audible" first few words, some distortion on the mic, and yes, even that moment when she took out her earpiece. There are any number of reasons she might have done that, but none of them proves she was lip-syncing, Doughty writes. But perhaps the most telling piece of evidence that Beyoncé was singing live was "the HELL YES smile on Joe Biden's face," Doughty concludes. "Now, that is, clearly, a dude standing two feet from an electrifying lady singing like a motherfucker." Click for all the technical reasons behind Doughty's argument. As for the official word on the matter, there are still many conflicting reports.

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ldavaz
Feb 1, 2013 11:28 AM CST
I do not care if any one is lip-syncing. Only if they sing it correctly, not their way. I counted about ten errors when Beyonce did her thing. Extra notes. warbling and extending the words. I get so tired of these so called award winning singers singing the Anthem in their style. Last year there was one well known Grammy Award winner who in my opinion committed about 30 errors A high school kid could probably do a better job.
thesecondsfade
Jan 31, 2013 3:51 PM CST
Bet this guy feels like an idiot now that this broad has finally fessed up to "cheating" through her "performance."
johniestring
Jan 25, 2013 10:03 PM CST
you do realize that as long as we have been able to record the human voice... there has been lip-syncing . it really doesnt matter. it's the performance that counts. a live performace costs more. its just that simple. you get what you pay for. govt's dont pay. effing pony up the bucks if you want it live. then live with what you get. NO-REFUNDS.