Beyoncé lip-synched at Obama's inauguration
A U.S. Marine Corps Band spokesperson told ABC News that the band did not actually play during the pop star's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" because she decided shortly before her performance to use a pre-recorded studio version. As such, they mimicked playing their instruments along to the track.
"We all know Beyoncé can sing," the rep said. "We all know the Marine Corps Band can play. We do not know why she decided to go with the pre-recorded music at the last minute."
The revelation has upset some fans who took to social media to express their disappointment. However, the spokesperson stressed that using a pre-recorded track is not unusual when a performer must sing in bitterly cold weather.
Beyoncé was the only performer to rely on a backing track during Monday's (January 22) inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C. The spokesperson also confirmed that the Marine Corps Band played throughout the rest of the program and that all other performers sang live, including pop star Kelly Clarkson who performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee."
At Obama's 2009 inauguration, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlamn used a backing track during their performance but there are no known previous cases of a singer lip-syching the national anthem for the occasion.
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