Beyoncé Lip-Synced To 'Save Herself' For Super Bowl Performance

Beyoncé decided on pre-recording her rendition of the national anthem for President Obama's inauguration because she was midway through intense preparations for her forthcoming Super Bowl performance, according to the conductor of the military band who played with her on Capitol Hill.

Beyoncé was the first ever pop star to be invited to sing the inauguration anthem as 800,000 gathered in Washington D.C. to welcome President Obama into his second term. Around 20 million Americans watched the swearing-in ceremony, though it was the R&B singer who made the headlines after it was speculated she had lip-synced the track. "She's getting ready for the Super Bowl so we didn't have a chance to do anything with her," the conductor of the band who played with Beyoncé told The Times newspaper. It has since been reported that the she recorded the live rendition in a studio, before this was piped out to the masses, to recreate the live feel. However, British audio engineer Ian Shepherd analysed video footage and presented his findings on his Production Recordings web site, arguing that Beyonce did sing live, though a pre-recorded backing track also playing. When Beyonce smiled, Shepherd argued you could "hear this smile in her voice."

Beyoncé and her people are yet to officially comment on the matter, clearly a matter of national importance. 

Watch the Beyonce lip-sync video below: What do you think?


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warrenvolkwyn

Beyonce SANG live... That's the important thing. EVERYONE uses backing tracks... especially when you're singing OUTSIDE to 500 000+ people. Preparing for the half-time show DOES NOT take an hour...or even a day... And for Beyonce, being the most hard-working woman in music, certainly not a week. So, if she is/was saving her voice, it was to ensure rehearsals go off without a hitch. Granted, the national anthem took all of 3 minutes to sing, but preparation takes so much more time. Beyonce SANG the national anthem, and obviously she changed it to work with her voice. Beyonce was AMAZING, and was definitely the BEST rendition of the anthem I've EVER heard. Well done Beyonce! Looking forward to the Superbowl :-)

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When singing stars sing the National Anthem people watch expecting a "live performance". Many not so famous singers do it "live" Now we have famous singers who lip sync and give all kinds of excuses why they do. . If Beyonce is saving her voice for the Superbowl which wasn't the next day after the inauguration then she needs a new vocal technique. If she couldn't find the 15 or 20 mins to rehearse w the band she should have declined the offer. It's rather insulting to the President and the nation to pass her performance off as "live". Aretha who can still sing anything in her sleep was gracious and Jennifer Lopez couldn't sing the Anthem if she tried as its difficult to sing in the first place. Now we r gonna have Alicia Keyes and her new rendition. Ladies it is not ur song to tamper with in the first place. . It is the National Anthem. It belongs to the people and our country and if u can't sing it the way it was written by bringing ur special voice to it, then don't sing it at all. Two if the best singers I have ever heard bring their own style and elegant simplicity to the Anthem was Jose Feliciano and Marvin Gaye. Singers-- watch, listen, and learn

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When singing stars sing the National Anthem people watch expecting a "live performance". Many not so famous singers do it "live" Now we have famous singers who lip sync and give all kinds of excuses why they do. . If Beyonce is saving her voice for the Superbowl which wasn't the next day after the inauguration then she needs a new vocal technique. If she couldn't find the 15 or 20 mins to rehearse w the band she should have declined the offer. It's rather insulting to the President and the nation to pass her performance off as "live". Aretha who can still sing anything in her sleep was gracious and Jennifer Lopez couldn't sing the Anthem if she tried as its difficult to sing in the first place. Now we r gonna have Alicia Keyes and her new rendition. Ladies it is not ur song to tamper with in the first place. . It is the National Anthem. It belongs to the people and our country and if u can't sing it the way it was written by bringing ur special voice to it, then don't sing it at all. Two of the best singers I have ever heard bring their own style and elegant simplicity to the Anthem was Jose Feliciano and Marvin Gaye. Singers-- watch, listen, and learn

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