Rumors are flying that Beyonce lip-synced her inaugural performance of the national anthem while Kelly Clarkson decided to belt out her number live. Despite possibly faking this performance, Beyonce still insists she didn’t fake a pregnancy.
Everyone was blown away by Beyonce’s angelic voice during her performance of the national anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration, but rumors are suggesting that the entire performance was lip-synced.
While Kelly Clarkson flawlessly performed “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” without the help of any backing, Beyonce may have been too nervous to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and opted for a prerecorded studio version instead.
A spokesperson for the U.S Marine Corps Band dropped the bomb that the R&B powerhouse vocalist was not performing without a little help.
According to TMZ, the spokesperson explained that it isn’t unusual for them to record a backing track for the live performances to have just in case, but the singers don’t have to use the track if they choose not to.
For some reason, however, Beyonce at the last minute changed her mind and ditched the idea of a purely live performance.
“Beyonce decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol,” reported The Times of London.
The representative for the Marine Corps Band revealed that he was just as shocked as anyone else.
“We all know Beyonce can sing – We don’t know why she chose to use the prerecorded track,” the representative told TMZ.
But the real question is: is everyone blowing the backing track out of proportion?
If Beyonce did sing over a backing track, it doesn’t mean she wasn’t singing at all, she was simply singing over another track.
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