Did Beyonce Lip-Sync the 'Star-Spangled Banner' at the Inauguration?
BY SHUSHANNAH WALSHE (@shushwalshe) AND DAVID MEYERS
Jan. 22, 2013
Say it ain't so, B.
Beyonce lip-synced the Star-Spangled Banner at Monday's inaugural ceremonies, a Marine Corps Band spokeswoman said today.
The band wasn't playing when Beyonce sang her rousing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner at President Obama's second inauguration Monday.
"We all know Beyonce can sing," Master Sgt. of the U.S. Marine Corps Band Kristin Dubois told ABC News today. "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."
Dubois later added that to her knowledge Beyonce was not singing. It was Beyonce's voice, but a pre-recorded version heard by about million people in Washington, D.C. and millions more on television.
A representative for Beyonce did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The band was not playing while Beyonce was singing, Dubois added, but it was live during the rest of the performances, including Kelly Clarkson's rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." The band was asked not to play for only that performance, Dubois added.
Clarkson could be seen signaling to Beyonce after the National Anthem performance and appeared to mouth the words, "Its so hard."
James Taylor, another performer at the cold outdoor inauturation ceremony, said on Monday he was happy to get through his performance "without any train wrecks.
"It's always hard for a guitar player to play when it's cold because your hands sort of stiffen up and you know nerves tend to do that to you anyway…so I was you know very relieved to have gotten to it without any major train wrecks," he told George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer.
The issue surfaced Tuesday when Washingtonian magazine first reported that it didn't seem as though the President's Own Marine Corps Band was playing during her rendition.
The pop star seemed to be having audio issues at one point during the song, pulling out her ear piece.
Dubois said she did not know why Beyonce took the ear piece out.
The Washingtonian also noted that Beyonce posted an Instagram photo of herself in a recording studio holding a copy of the sheet music to the "Star-Spangled Banner."
It's not the first time for synced music at an Obama inauguration. In 2009, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the violinist Itzhak Perlman, because of cold and wind, did not play the version of John Williams' "Air and Simple Gifts" that was projected onto the Mall.
Monday's noon temperature of 40 degrees was 3 degrees above the average inauguration swearing-in temperature of 37, according to the Washington Post.