Marines first say Beyonce lip-synched, then backpedal
Beyonce Knowles was chosen to perform the national anthem at yesterday's presidential inauguration in Washington.
January 22nd, 2013
12:57 PM ET

Marines first say Beyonce lip-synched, then backpedal

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Hours after a U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman said Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem during President Obama's inauguration yesterday, the Marine Corps is backpedaling.

The Marine Corps said in a statement that no one in their organization "is in a position to assess whether [Beyonce's vocal performance] was live or pre-recorded."

The conflicting reports from the Marines have yet to be clarified by a statement from Beyonce or her representatives, who have not responded to CNN's request for comment.

[Initial post, 12:57 p.m. ET] Beyonce's rendition of the national anthem at President Obama's inaugural yesterday was certainly lovely, but apparently not live.

According to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band, the pop star opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday.

"We don't know why the decision was made," U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said. "She did not actually sing," DuBois added, noting Beyonce lip-synched her own voice.

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  1. banasy©

    Stop the presses.

    January 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    She lip synced. So the hell what ? It was "her" voice right ?

    January 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the bayarean

    Nothing new about this. All artists lip sync at some point. It only becomes a problem when the music skips, a la Ashlee Simpson *cringe*

    January 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    Maybe the cold is bad for the pipes?

    January 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Portland tony

    Smart lady. ....One note off missed word...and she's compared to Roseann Barr!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, my, I would not go that far...Roseanne's rendition was awful...I really think that Beyonce's version was just fine.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Really how many of the guys here really heard her sing? Did you get past her beauty and listen? Really?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Laquane


    January 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama


      January 22, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. empresstrudy

    The 20 minute 3 octave arpeggio was straight out of a Simpson's episode.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jungleboo

    Did it ever occur to any of you who were watching on TV that you were not there "Live" either. You were pretending to be there, and enjoyed the experience, didn't you? Does it occur to you that the bitter cold and the wind factor on the mike can destroy a singer's performance, rendering an untruthful rendition of talent and spirit. The woman was absolutely gorgeous on camera, and recorded her capabilities the evening before with the band. Let's get with the program and stop the giddy tongue-clucking about lip-syncing. That in itself is a remarkable talent, and the girl sure fooled me! Beyonce, congratulations. I am sure your people prepped you for this stupid firestorm of negative media attention.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Golly gee willikers, who said anything otherwise? Calm down.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Steve

    seems ironically appropriate

    January 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Saka


    January 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sandy D

    SO WHAT! Get over it,most singers lip sing.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 1608

    Thank you Kris, you had tour 15 mins.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 1608

    damn......... YOUR 15 mins..............

    January 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ll

    So, the Marine band was faking it too....but they made sure they contacted CNN to tell them that Beyonce was faking it?

    Real classy, Marines.....You_blew it....not literally speaking, of course..

    January 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
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