As Beyoncé’s lip-sync controversy rages on, an unnamed inaugural official has confirmed that she lip-synced her performance of the National Anthem on Jan. 21!
President Barack Obama was meant to be the focus of Inauguration Day 2013, but that all changed when accusations arose that Beyoncé‘s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the inaugural ceremony on Jan. 21 was, in fact, a lip-sync. While the pop star has stayed mum on the subject, an unnamed inaugural official has confirmed to CNN that the performance wasn’t live.
The official, who asked not to be identified, told the news outlet, “She did not sing live.” Instead, a pre-recording of the artist singing the National Anthem was played. The official alleges that Beyoncé made the decision to play the recording herself, the night before the event.
Beyoncé Chose To Lip-Sync On Her Own
It’s alleged that she arrived so late on Sunday evening that she didn’t have the proper amount to rehearse with the U.S. Marine Band, who was asked to accompany the performance. “Because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band,” the official said. “It was all Beyoncé.”
The anonymous official said they were “puzzled” by the decision, stating that when the pre-recording was made, “she was spot on.” Though the official essentially ratted Beyoncé out, they said that the taped performance shouldn’t detract from her skills as a live singer. “She’s actually a very good live singer,” they said.
Jennifer Lopez Defends Beyoncé
Several singers have leapt to Beyoncé’s defense in light of the scrutiny. When Jennifer Lopez appeared on The Daily Show on Jan. 22, host Jon Stewart asked for her thoughts on the situation. The “Dance Again” singer said, “In certain venues and stuff, they do prerecord things, because you’re going to have that terrible slapback.” Jon, who was clearly puzzled by the term, replied, “Sure. Slapback.” J.Lo added, “All performers do have to do it at some point.”
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