We all know Beyoncé can sing, right? But the idea that she lip-synched the national anthem at yesterday's inauguration ceremonies for President Obama is just downright depressing. Was it because of the cold weather? Possibly, as yesterday's forecast was 40 degrees in D.C. around noon. But why did she do this? And does that mean that all of her facial expressions and crazy hand gestures weren't real? This whole thing is making me like:
Anyway, earlier today and late yesterday, statements were made regarding her lip-synching by members of the U.S. Marine Band. Master Sgt. Kristin duBois said the band was notified very last minute that Beyoncè would use a pre-recorded vocal track.
But by late afternoon, things changed. The Marine Corps backed off of duBois' original statement.
According to the Huffington Post, Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf says, "Because there was no opportunity for Beyoncé to rehearse with the Marine Band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised." The pre-recorded version of the band's portion of the song was then used.
"Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance," Wolf's statement continued, "no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."
Beyoncé reps haven't responded but Kelly Clarkson's rep says that she sang live when performing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." Of course they jumped at the idea that Clarkson would outshine Beyoncé—but props to Kelly, you did your thing, and live, too.
Original reports concluded that two photos posted on Beyoncé's Instagram the day before showed her recording the performance, however, according to Huffington Post, all inaugural music is pre-recorded to prepare for cold weather conditions or other surrounding circumstances.
So, who the hell did Beyoncé have to call to clear this whole mess up? Maybe she has Obama on the Illuminati speed dial. Or absolutely not.
Either way, can we all breathe easy yet? Are we still questioning this woman?
[via Huffington Post]