Beyoncé: I lip-synced during inauguration performance
After Beyoncé's much-heralded performance of the national anthem, an inaugural official said she had not actually sung it.
January 31st, 2013
03:57 PM ET

Beyoncé: I lip-synced during inauguration performance

Responding to the controversy about whether she sang live or lip-synced during her performance at the presidential inauguration earlier this month, Beyoncé Knowles said Thursday that she "decided to sing along with the prerecorded track."

"I did not feel comfortable taking a risk," she said.

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  1. old professor

    If only we had more citizens with the talent of Beyonce!!!

    January 31, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill.x

      If it was too much of a bother, they could have asked me to lip sync for her – or Bo.

      January 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. capemayor

    The other two singers sang live; why not her?

    January 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ray

    the best performer you ever saw white T BELL

    January 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sherri

    Taking a risk? What does that mean? That she does not feel she is prepared or equipped to do it live? Then why agree to do it at all? If you are not comfortable doing it, you should not be doing it for a living. Wonder what she got paid for not doing it live? This is what this woman does for a living and she did not want to take a risk? This makes no sense.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Loki

    meh

    January 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bill_rocker

    Performers used to actually had to have talent. Now they just have to look good. Thank goodness for Beyonce that that pesky little talent issue (or lack therof) can be addressed in post with Auto Tune for her CDs. But It's still an issue live. funny watching the award shows. That's where it becomes all too apparent that there are only a handful who can actually sing on key.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fr33th1nk3r

    Jerry Garcia and all the REAL MUSICIANS before her, that do take risks, just rolled over in their graves,,,,

    January 31, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Loki

    should get Judith Durham–she could really sing

    January 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Raymond

    She didn't even kiss Joe Biden – when she got to the stage and when she left. Talk about lip-service.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jim

    Should have got Rhianna. She's like a Timex watch. Can take a real licking and keep on ticking!

    January 31, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Four Two

    ....okay.....so she did....now....ummmmmm.....she can get back to her ridiculously over-priviledged lifestyle while the rest of us get back to reality. She can lip-sync for the rest of her "hard earned" career for all I care, doesn't make a lick of difference in the grand scheme of things. Another celeb who is given WAY too much attention for something so stupid.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick Springfield

    I hope she was worth the $10,000 appearance fee she got for faking her performance.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ysdfsddf

    its like lance armstrong all over again!!!

    January 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dan darnell

    She's the Lance Armstrong of singing.

    Can't even bring it anymore.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dan darnell

    Can't even belt out a couple of tunes without 'endangering' her voice??? Whatta joke.

    January 31, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
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