[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.
This is SO newsworthy, NOT. Big deal if she lip synched.
This belongs more on the Marquee Blog; it really is non-newsworthy, except to trivia buffs, I should think...really, who cares?
who cares? she is a great singer. it was her voice. get OVER it.
maybe if you were a veteran or in the military fighting for your country you might say it was a bad idea not to sing the National Anthem live
That was not important to me that it is pre-recorded or not. However, one thing that nobody noticed, it seems.
John Boehner's wife, lack of respect while the National Anthem was performed.
Should all present Americans place their right hand over their heart? Is she an exception?
She was with a representant of the government, wasn't she?
Therefore, no importance if the voice was recorded or not, it was still the National Anthem!
Bizarre how that Marine spokesperson made sure there was a story about Beyonce...when the Marine band didn't play for the song as well.
Personnally i woulda rather have heard the POTUS burst into singing anyway! Lol
Of course thats not to say anything against Beyonce, shes awesome too!
i think the would be nuts to try to do it live, but i suppose they need a real backup in case of technical malfunction. are any of these singers really the person with the voice or does one have the voice and the other has a body? we're lied to so much so they can make money off of us. who knows.
As fake as she is I'm sure she did.
Pre recorded or not, it was beautiful and inspiring.
This is not news, nor is it important in any respect. Move on please.
OMG, what is the world coming to??? Beyoncé lip-synched TO HER OWN VOICE. GMAFB people. She sang the damn song at some point.
I'm sorry, lyp-synching the national anthem is against the traditions of a live delivery of the anthem similar to what is performed at most professional sport arenas every week. So, Beyonce gets to phone it in for some reason? If her voice was having problem, which I would understand and respect, I'd rather have had a stand-in non-celebrity to the job and let Beyonce take a place out of the limelight.
We built planes and took over the cooking, cleaning and riveting, shooting should be no problem.
OOps wrong thread. lol
wait you mean it was not an idol audition. I just wish they would sing it like its supposed to sound, not with the singers interpretation, same goes for America the Beautiful, God Bless America and so on.
This is not only not news, but certainly not BIG BREAKING NEWS either.
It's a song. Who cares.
a pre-recorded anthem is a fitting tribute to a teleprompted president.
Shes a great singer
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