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    Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:15:30

    Beyoncé Lip Synced National Anthem at the Barack Obama Inauguration - Busted!

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    Beyoncé delivered a spot on, flawless rendition of the national anthem at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 21. Turns out that Beyonce lip synced. She had pre-recorded to the music as a matter of course, but elected to not sing live when the moment occurred. BUSTED!

    The Marine Corps Band, who both practiced and played along with Beyonce and had to mimic playing their instruments, issued a statement to The Washingtonian, which read as follows:

    "We don't know why Beyonce decided to use prerecorded music," a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band said. "All music [for inaugural ceremonies] is prerecorded as a matter of course, and that's something we've done for years and years. The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyonce wanted to use the recording."

    So she made the choice not to sing live.

    Who knows why, though! It could have been the cold or it could have been fear of fucking up. So many singers flub the national anthem.

    What do you think of Beyonce's lip sync move?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    01.23.13



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