It was suggested by The London Times today after some speculation that Beyonce, who sang at Obama’s 2013 inauguration yesterday, lip-synced the national anthem. A reporter for the Times named Nico Hines, came out with the news midday today.
A rep for the United States Marine Band told the Times: ”All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day.” However, DuBois added that the band performed live and only learned last minute that Beyonce would be using a pre-recorded vocal track. There is in fact a history of artists using pre-recorded tracks at inaugurations because of DC’s harsh winds. Yo-Yo Ma also used a pre-recorded track when he performed at Obama’s 2009 inauguration.
Other performers, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor, however, did not use pre-recorded tracks.
People are taking the news of her lip syncing really hard, raging on social media outlets like twitter and tumblr.
Does this make us love Lady B any less? No. The woman is hardworking. If you were to sing for the president, would you not take all precautions to make sure everything went smoothly?