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Did Beyonce Lip Synch the National Anthem At President Obama's 2013 Inauguration?

By January 22, 2013

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Yesterday pop superstar Beyonce received significant kudos for her performance of the national anthem at President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony. Now claims are emerging that she did not actually sing the "Star Spangled Banner" live, but instead lip synched to a recording. Kristen Dubois, a US Marine Band spokesperson told CNN that the singing was not live. Reportedly the singing was pre-recorded the night before when Beyonce was rehearsing with the US Marine Band. The spokesperson goes on to say that using such pre-recordings is not unusual.

If indeed Beyonce did lip synch, does that matter to you? Pop superstar Kelly Clarkson also sang at the inaugural. She performed "My Country, 'Tis Of Thee." A spokesperson for the US Marine Band indicated Kelly Clarkson did sing live without backup from a recording.

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