If you thought Beyonce was good at President Obama’s inauguration this week, you may (like me) be less impressed when you learn that she lip synced her way through the national anthem.
Beyonce’s rendition of the national anthem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration was widely praised. Now it has just turned out to be a lip-syncing performance. Admittedly, she lip synced a whole lot better than I’ve seen many pop stars do it, and at the time I thought she was singing live. But isn’t a live performance what we expected of Beyonce at such an important time?
The pop star wowed hundreds of thousands of spectators in Washington and millions more who tuned in around the globe. But how thrilled would we have been if we’d known that she opted to use a pre-recorded version of “The Star-Spangled Banner”? Tthe US Marine Corps Band confirmed to Sky News that this was true.
All music for the ceremony is pre-recorded ahead of time as a fallback, according to Kristen Dubois, a spokeswoman for the band which traditionally performs at presidential inaugurations. But of course usually it’s done again live on the day. It’s just that at the last minute that Beyonce decided she wanted to use the pre-recorded version. Ms Dubois is not sure why she did that.
Even more of a stir has been cause because it is believed that this is the first time the national anthem has not been sung live at an inauguration. However, the rest of the inauguration was live.
Ms Dubois also pointed out that Yo-Yo Ma had used the pre-recorded fallback in 2009 but that was because it was too cold for a cello to work.
Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor also performed at Monday’s ceremony. They sang live.
Oh Beyonce! The national anthem! I’m disappointed in you! Anyone else?