Beyonce: Yeah, I Sang Along to Recorded Track, but ...
She belts out a live rendition of national anthem for reporters
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 31, 2013 3:35 PM CST
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(Newser) – Beyonce put the lip-sync controversy to bed once and for all today, explaining that she did indeed sing along to a pre-recorded track of the national anthem at the inauguration. But she opened the news conference in epic fashion, asking reporters to stand and then belting out a flawless rendition of the anthem, reports People. (Video is in the gallery.) She also promised that she'd be singing live at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.

Her full explanation of the anthem decision:

  • “I am a perfectionist and one thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed, and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show and a very, very important emotional show for me. One of my proudest moments."
  • “Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration and I wanted to make him and my country proud. So I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry, and I’m very proud of my performance."

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Feb 4, 2013 9:15 AM CST
She seems to have that song down, now if she could please come out with a good pop song. Put a ring around it is out of touch with society and repetative to the point of insanity. Hey Beyonce, people are not waiting until marriage to give it up in case you didn't know. The method today is to repeat yourself a thousand times and maybe it will eventually sink in through that bone material.
Feb 1, 2013 10:16 AM CST
It's always good to know your short-comings. Signing with a recording shows a real lack of competence. James Taylor and other singers actually sang their songs. Anyone can sing to a recording because all the electronic wizardry can make any run-of-the-mill singer sound good. Others don't need it.
Jan 31, 2013 10:07 PM CST
She may be shy of the live mic, but if she can tear herself away from the mirror for a second, she can always look herself up on the 50,000 hours of home video she has had recorded of..................well, ehhhhhhh.................herself