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. dazzle ©

    This is SO newsworthy, NOT. Big deal if she lip synched.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This belongs more on the Marquee Blog; it really is non-newsworthy, except to trivia buffs, I should think...really, who cares?

      January 22, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • ohmygod50

      who cares? she is a great singer. it was her voice. get OVER it.

      January 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • carl,vietnam vet

      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

      January 23, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole D.

      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!

      January 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Why Does Kristen Dubois hate Beyonce?

    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.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Personnally i woulda rather have heard the POTUS burst into singing anyway! Lol

    January 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Of course thats not to say anything against Beyonce, shes awesome too!

    January 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bankrupt 1

    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.

    January 23, 2013 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Leticia

    As fake as she is I'm sure she did.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ashley

    Pre recorded or not, it was beautiful and inspiring.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. Katherine

    This is not news, nor is it important in any respect. Move on please.

    January 23, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mo

    OMG, what is the world coming to??? Beyoncé lip-synched TO HER OWN VOICE. GMAFB people. She sang the damn song at some point.

    January 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris Mueller

    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.

    January 23, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    We built planes and took over the cooking, cleaning and riveting, shooting should be no problem.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      OOps wrong thread. lol

      January 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. annieball62

    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.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    This is not only not news, but certainly not BIG BREAKING NEWS either.

    It's a song. Who cares.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. letmeeatcake

    a pre-recorded anthem is a fitting tribute to a teleprompted president.

    January 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Malani chisambi

    Shes a great singer

    January 24, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
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