Beyoncé Defends Inauguration Lip Sync, Promises She’ll Be Live at Super Bowl

This afternoon, at a pre-Super Bowl press conference, Beyoncé admitted she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” along with a backing track at this month’s presidential inauguration. She did so after opening with an a cappella rendition of the anthem, showing critics what she could do before telling them, followed by a winking “Any questions?” and a laugh.

After singing, here’s what she had to say about the controversy:

I am a perfectionist. One thing about me—I practice until my feet bleed; and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show and a very, very, very emotional show for me, one of my proudest moments; and due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper soundcheck, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration and I wanted to make him and my country proud. So I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.

Later, she continued:

I will absolutely be singing live [on Sunday]. I am well-rehearsed and I will be singing live. This is what I was born to do.

Watch Beyoncé and her team prep for Sunday’s show below, then revisit some of her best TV performances.

POSTED January 31, 2013 5:18PM IN MUSIC NEWS Comments (3) TAGS: ,




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  2. Waza says:

    yaaaaassss heffer! And she killed it!

  3. Blarney says:

    OMG she killed it !!! i love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Beyonce