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Did or didn't she? Beyonce questioned on lip sync

By Brett Zongker

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:41 p.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013

WASHINGTON >> There's no question Beyonce's rendition of the national anthem was a roaring success. The mystery: was it live or lip synced?

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told news outlets that Beyonce had lip synced at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Master Sgt. Kristin duBois said the band was notified at the last minute that Beyonce would use a pre-recorded voice track.

But by late afternoon, the Marine Corps backed off that statement.

Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf said that because there was no opportunity for Beyonce to rehearse with the Marine Band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill advised. Instead they used a pre-recorded track for the band's portion of the song.

"Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance," Wolf's statement continued, "no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."

A representative for Beyonce did not respond to requests for comment.

DuBois declined to answer further questions. Earlier in the day, she told The New York Times that the rest of the inaugural performance was live and they did not know why a recorded track was used for the national anthem.

"It's not because Beyonce can't sing. We all know Beyonce can sing. We all know the Marine Band can play," she said.

Kelly Clarkson's representative said she sang live to perform "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

All inaugural music is pre-recorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances could interrupt the program.

The use of a recording is typical in big events. In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was questioned about "hand-syncing" for Obama's first inauguration. Ma said instruments weren't functioning properly in 19-degree weather.

Even in good conditions, producing good sound can be a challenge in a large open space.

Some artists choose to lip-sync. Whitney Houston's memorable performance of the national anthem in 1991 at the Super Bowl was sung to a track.


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loquaciousone wrote:
When the band learned that Beyonce was going to lip sync, they should have sped up the tempo. It would have been like those Chinese Black Belt Kung Fu movies where the lips didn't match the words.
on January 22,2013 | 09:39AM
SueH wrote:
I wonder if Obama lip synched his inauguration speech, too? Would that be called "lip service"??
on January 22,2013 | 09:39AM
serious wrote:
WOW, my thoughts exactly!!! Four more years of the same. I wonder why his advisers don't keep him off TV and let the Cabinet members give the reports so when he comes on it will be an event--not a turn to the other channel thing?
on January 22,2013 | 10:03AM
Fred01 wrote:
Four more years of the same sucks, but it is so much better than four years of what the Republicans would have done to further destroy America. We can't afford to have the Teaparty dingbats in government at any level.
on January 22,2013 | 12:34PM
false wrote:
Who cares?
on January 22,2013 | 10:14AM
Anonymous wrote:
Haha. Lip sync. All flash. No substance. Wonder if that'll be the same deal for her upcoming Super Bowl appearance.
on January 22,2013 | 11:13AM
kimo5050 wrote:
It's interesting to hear The Losers mealy-mouth anything pro-Obama. Losers tend to embrace "being losers"...must be a masochistic thing. It certainly isn't intellectual. Tying in Beyonce's lip synch to Obama's speech. Loser's reach quite far to make a pointless point...Hey Losers...raise your placard: "LOSERS REIGN"...ha ha ;-)
on January 22,2013 | 11:31AM
Waterman2 wrote:
Is there anything connected to Obama that isn't fake ?
on January 22,2013 | 11:38AM
silvangold wrote:
Lets all get a grip. If Romney got into office, the first several months would have been wonderful. Then comes the WORK. He, (as every 'new') president comes to office, must clean up what he thinks of as a mess that the previous president left behind. So. with that said, and everyone knows thats true, lets all shut up and give the guy a break. Obama will use the next 4 years to smooth out rough stuff, make things right and finish his goals. THEN YOU will vote for a new president .... once he's completed his four years YOU will be grumbling AGAIN.
on January 22,2013 | 12:37PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
They should put Susan Rice on national TV to talk about this. Facts are pretty fluid things around Washington DC these days. Of course she lip-synched. And yes, The terrorist attack in Benghazi had nothing to do with a movie.
on January 22,2013 | 01:12PM
kahu808 wrote:
So what?
on January 22,2013 | 01:26PM
ezridah wrote:
wut.... another hoax ?
on January 22,2013 | 01:38PM
64hoo wrote:
you know why do all these presidents past and present always retake the oath they already took the day before as far as I am concern its just a waste of time swearing in again.
on January 22,2013 | 05:58PM
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