Report: Beyoncé Lip-Synced National Anthem at Inauguration: Is the Moment Tarnished?

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Beyonce Lip Sync National AnthemWhat’s noisier than bombs bursting in air? The news that Beyoncé Knowles lip-synced her epic performance of the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

Granted, it’s not uncommon for singers to pre-record their vocals for live outdoor events. But the New York Post broke the news today that Beyoncé removing her in-ear monitor midway through “The Star-Spangled Banner” (video embedded below) was a piece of pure theater. (Whatever the case, girlfriend definitely lip-synced…for her life!)

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“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” Kristin DuBois, a rep for the United States Marine Band told the Post. “We performed live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyoncé was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”

Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting that Kelly Clarkson sang live for her stunning cover of “My Country Tis of Thee.”

What do you think of this news? Is the beauty of B’s performance tarnished by the fact that it wasn’t live? Is this much ado about nothing? Why couldn’t Beyonce do what Kelly could? And do you need to hear from Beyoncé herself before you decide? Sound off in the comments!



Comments (150)

  • Disgraceful. What a shame.

    Comment by intelliwoman – January 22, 2013 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL!

      Comment by Brian – January 22, 2013 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So, perfect for inaugurating an empty suit.

      Comment by Templar – January 22, 2013 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Really?

        Comment by Mariana Trench – January 22, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Couldn’t agree more Templar. Pretty fitting actually.

        Comment by Loni – January 22, 2013 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Not really the point. And not funny or true.

        Comment by Lu – January 22, 2013 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Beyonce, but unfortunately this isn’t surprising at all.

    Comment by jamie – January 22, 2013 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think it is tacky to lip synced especially at a Presidential Inauguration. I am sorry, but I am tired of singers taking the easy way out. I miss when singers actually sang! I am sure there are many reasons she could list for this, but this is wrong. I am fan of Beyounce, but come on.

    Comment by Allyson – January 22, 2013 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There were TWO singers who actually sang yesterday, James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson.

      Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • None of those white folks could ever and i do mean ever outsang a black performer, you guys do nothing but imitate, while we sing with true feeling, you white people have been doing this crap since the beginning of time Elvis…….and all the rest of them no feeling ass white folk!!!!!!!LOL!!!

        Comment by Tammy Daniels – January 24, 2013 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Wow, that is a pretty ignorant comment. Hope this isn’t the mentality you go through your daily life with. There are bigger issues out there then trying to make an argument about who sings better following with then speaking derogatory about one race.

          Comment by Jennifer R. – February 8, 2013 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Am I the only one that wasn’t completely blown away by this performance? I love Beyonce and thought she did a great job, but people are talking like this was the most amazing version they’ve ever heard. it wasn’t even the best singing of 15 minutes – Kelly outsang Beyonce by a mile!

    Comment by Chris – January 22, 2013 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Kelly also reportedly sang live…

      Comment by Newo – January 22, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Completely agree with you! Kelly definitely sang better than Beyonce..plus Kelly sang live.

      Comment by Cassie – January 22, 2013 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, and I’m not a Kelly Clarkson fan, but I didn’t think Beyonce’s anthem was very good. But then, I’m nota fan of when they add in so many notes to every other word that you can’t hear the tune. “Land of the free” was good, the rest of it, meh. Kelly Clarkson, I remember thinking was really good, but also, she was obviously so nervous and excited running to the mic, maybe I was expecting HER to screw up, so anything was going to be better than expected?

      Comment by Alice – January 22, 2013 10:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Completely agree. All through Beyonce’s version I couldn’t help but think “damn, Kelly was so much better” it actually distracted from enjoying her performance, which was good.

      Comment by dude – January 22, 2013 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I loved Kelly’s performance. Beyonce sang beautifully but it was not a moving rendition of the song. Kelly’s performance was a lovely and very memorable version of her song.

      Comment by teatime – January 22, 2013 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No sweetie, Beyonce has “feeling” while the little white girl imitated, like they always do, a la Elvis, they will NEVER have the feeling that we have, they have to be taught it, Beyonce outsang that funny looking lil white chickm I’m sorry but I call like it is and has been since the beginning of time, they need to stick to the business that is bred in them, like manipulation, lying, and basically stealing everything they ever got including this country!!!!!!!!

      Comment by Tammy Daniels – January 24, 2013 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly sounded better anyways. Everyone always wants to give Miss Beyonce attention for no reason; there are better singers out there people.

    Comment by Ulose – January 22, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s just like Whitney.

    Comment by Diva – January 22, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Save for the drug use, the insanity, and the abusive husband.

      Comment by Josh – January 22, 2013 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • True true

        Comment by Diva – January 22, 2013 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Dont even begin to compare Beyonce to Whitney. No one can replace her…and how typical of people to jump to the drug abuse and abuse husband. Before she messed herself up (for what ever reasons) Whitney was at the best and at top of her game. These singers today are a joke compared to her.

        Comment by Selena K – January 22, 2013 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Please! give her time…..

        Comment by Alienate – January 22, 2013 12:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I disagree..Whitney in her day could have out sung Beyonce by a thousand miles.

      Comment by Scott – January 22, 2013 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I only meant she lip synced just like Beyonce

        Comment by Diva – January 22, 2013 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Of course, Whitney’s Superbowl National Anthem remains the all-time greatest rendition.

      Comment by Mark – January 22, 2013 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She still sang the song ridiculously well…she just did it at a different time. I am a little disappointed at the news but I get that in this situation everyone (performer, reps, politicians, organizers) would want things to be as smooth and flawless as possible and any kind of audio or weather issues could have affected it. It was still one of the most amazing performances I have ever heard. Live or recorded.

    Comment by Rachel – January 22, 2013 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • At a different time, when she could try as many times as she wanted to get it right, and when things could be tweaked afterward to correct for any small problems.

      Live and pre-recorded are definitely two different things. Just look at all the people who sound fine on the radio and like crap live. (Kelly Clarkson, it should be noted, has always sounded amazing live.)

      Comment by brandy – January 22, 2013 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • except there were no weather or audio issues.

      Comment by allie08 – January 22, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • But in years to come, she is going to look back and say to herself ‘I had the honour of singing the national anthem at the swearing in of a president and I fluffed it’.

      Comment by ejones – January 22, 2013 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would have been fine had she not tried to fake it by pulling out her earpiece. That wasn’t necessary and signals that she knew it was hinky.

    Comment by Elaine – January 22, 2013 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is my issue with it. Makes a fake performance super fake.

      Comment by Cherise – January 22, 2013 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Totally agreed. For whatever reason she used her own previously recorded vocal. But don’t put on an act and try to make it look like it’s live.

        Comment by Deena – January 22, 2013 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was still a great rendition. It’s not uncommon for these things to be pre recorded especially if they are being sang outside, in not great conditions. Whitney was lip syncing the Anthem at the Super Bowl in ’91. No one contests that her version was brilliant. I believe Jennifer Hudson sang over a pre recorded track when she sang at the Super Bowl as well. Whatever.

    Comment by Eric – January 22, 2013 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly gave a STUNNING performance that blew Beyonce out of the water – and she actually sang LIVE. She deserves credit as one of the best vocalists out there, period. A voice like hers is rare.

    Comment by Lynn – January 22, 2013 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Total rubbish!!! And what is up with the look on her face before hand?? Damn!! Either she was scared ****less or she was angry as hell. lol! Does this mean Kelly Clarkson lip synced too?? What the hell?? I hate this.

    Comment by Lizzie – January 22, 2013 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, it has been confirmed that Kelly Clarkson sang live.

      Comment by remulak – January 22, 2013 11:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m sorry but I feel for better or worse it should be sung live. It is a honor to be asked if she wasn’t comfortable singing live then decline. Does this mean that she lop snyced all her performances?

    Comment by Mary – January 22, 2013 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She lip-synced her own voice. What’s the big deal? Why did they feel the need to tell this?

    Comment by tp – January 22, 2013 09:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why did she feel the need to DO this? The other two performers sang live with no problems whatsoever. Why was Beyonce so insecure that she had to lip sync?

      Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Dude, if it was a Republican ceremony, all the papers would be over it, don’t ya think, and if you’re going to say no. Then put down the look aid.

        Comment by Swearman – January 22, 2013 12:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Huh? Can anyone translate that?

          Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • No. Most of the people who could understand that can’t read.

            Comment by Templar – January 22, 2013 03:40 PM PDT  
    • Because ever since the Ashlee Simpson hoedown lip synch-gate of SNL, spotting lip-synchers as been a way to normalize celebrities. “See? They’re not that much better than us.”

      Comment by Meg – January 22, 2013 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Of all events to sing the National Anthem live…the Presidential Inauguration is it. If Kelly Clarkson could do it in the same elements and sound great, so could have Beyonce. What a shame.

    Comment by Jen – January 22, 2013 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think the point is that she *couldn’t* sing that live and sound as great. Because she doesn’t have the voice for it.

      Comment by Rob – January 22, 2013 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If Beyonce could have done as well live, she would have sung it live. She did sound great, though, but….. Kelly doesn’t need to record her performance EVER because she is an awesome singer. She even sounds BETTER live! And what I love about her is that she IS so “dorky” and gets nervous and excited. She is adorable!

      Comment by G-Mom – January 22, 2013 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Somewhat tired of entertainers who can’t/won’t perform without vocal tracks or autotune. Just watched the 10th anniversary Les Miz from 1995 – every performer sang live and were utterly amazing (just youtube some of them). It’s too bad it’s these studio created ‘singers’ who get asked to do these public performances. Good job to Kelly though – that’s how it’s done.

    Comment by Ivan – January 22, 2013 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Funny how people were tuning in JUST for Beyonce and she lip-syncs. And the Beyonce fans are like no big deal, but if any other artist like Kelly Clarkson did that, she would be dragged for months. stupid

    Comment by odioneigbobo – January 22, 2013 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously? She didn’t sing live? Well, then anyone could have done what she did. We can all pretend we are singing. Disappointing. :(

    Comment by Kim R – January 22, 2013 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A sham performance to inaugurate a sham POTUS. Perfect.

      Comment by Templar – January 22, 2013 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Personally, I would rather run the risk of having one or two off-key notes than a potentially damning Ashlee Simpson on SNL fiasco. Imagine tuning in and seeing that at the inauguaration! I remember there was a major debate four years ago about Aretha Franklin singing live at the inauguration and it wasn’t a perfect performance, she was a little pitchy or something. But the argument against the backlash was that this is what a human voice sounds like without autotune. I wish Beyonce had followed Aretha’s lead. She has a great voice.

    Comment by Lauren – January 22, 2013 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly. If it is a live performance, sing it live and no one cares if a few notes are off. We want to hear a live performance. We understand that means there might be issues.

      Comment by teatime – January 22, 2013 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Man, I don’t like her as it is and I thought she did a good job. I’m disappointed. She could’ve sung live.

    Comment by Melissa – January 22, 2013 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I dont care, she is brilliant anyways. A true definition of s living legend.

    Comment by Sara – January 22, 2013 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ummmmmm, just no.

      Comment by Jo – January 22, 2013 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • She is far from a living legend. But if you believe this I guess a manufacture living legend.

      Comment by Mary – January 22, 2013 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Shes a song stylist. Clarkson is a SINGER

      Comment by intelliwoman – January 22, 2013 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m a Beonce fan and it’s a shame she lipped synced the performance. She should’ve done it live like Kelly did. Kelly was very good. :-)

    Comment by Jackie King – January 22, 2013 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly Clarkson is a singer (awesome) and Beyonce is a performer.

    Comment by Lia – January 22, 2013 10:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I like your statement Lia, totally on the mark.

      All style (she thinks), no substance. She couldn’t sing it live to save her life.

      What a joke.

      Kelly was much better.

      Comment by Dee – January 22, 2013 11:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not bothered. It’s still her singing it anyway. Just not live. And I don’t blame her. It looked cold outside.

    Comment by Esaul – January 22, 2013 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah the cold, that’s why Kelly sounded awful. Oh wait…

      Comment by Gataroo – January 22, 2013 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Cold weather does different things to people. It may effect Beyonce it may not. She could’ve had a sore throat. Who knows why that happened. And I’m not saying Kelly was bad.

        Comment by Esaul – January 23, 2013 05:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • If it was that cold she wouldn’t have taken her coat off to sing in her lace dress, so she didn’t have a sore throat. Since that would have been bad.

          Comment by Dede – January 24, 2013 06:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not a surprise, she just can’t sing anyway.

    Comment by Mo – January 22, 2013 10:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • But it doesn’t take away from my favorite Beyonce moment at the inauguration. Beyonce and Jay Z looking bewildered and pissed as they wait to exit the platform. I don’t think they have ever had to wait in a line for…anything, and here were all these ugly old people making them stand there and wait, and wait, and wait… it was hysterical. He kept taking her hand to pull her along, but the crowd just wasn’t parting before him as usual. They looked so confused.

    Comment by Alice – January 22, 2013 10:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If you can’t sing live, spare us….and don’t sing in public at ALL. Beyonce is a fraud.

    Comment by pantheralumguy – January 22, 2013 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Are u kidding me people are upset over the lip syncing ? If she sang live and screwed it up u people on here would be bitching that she screwed that up too,

    Comment by Joe – January 22, 2013 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Beyonce couldn’t do what Kelly did because she’s not as good at singing.

    Comment by xx – January 22, 2013 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Even with pre-recorded vocal, she was bad, XD
    If she sang live, it would have been horrible…

    Comment by Eri – January 22, 2013 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL I don’t think she was bad but I have to admit I assumed she was singing live because she sounded really off, like she couldn’t hear herself or something. I do love how she yanked the earpiece out mid-way to make it look like she was singing live.

      Comment by dude – January 22, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t mind, but she better not pull this stunt at The Super Bowl

    Comment by Bradley – January 22, 2013 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You know she will because she will be dancing and moving all over the stage. No way in hell will she do the super bowl live.

      Comment by Mary – January 22, 2013 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ok, I am sorry, but comparing this to the Super Bowl is sad. This event is for the US it is a Presidential event, she should have sang live. The super bowl is a sporting entertainment event, big big difference.

        Comment by Scott – January 22, 2013 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Uh, that is a ridiculous comment to make. The above poster is comparing the two events because they are both large, widely-viewed, outdoor, cold events. The Super Bowl being a sporting entertainment event doesn’t negate the fact that she should sing live. That is what is expected at either event.

          Comment by A – January 24, 2013 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So What. I have worked 4 Inaugurations and know how cold and windy it can be up there, even with the heaters. She practiced hard in advance and was hitting high and long notes. Maybe she didn’t want to chance breathing in wrong and cracking. It was an important event and I wouldn’t fault any of them for recording in advance, in fact I think it’s a good idea.

    Comment by sam – January 22, 2013 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They ALL recorded in advance, in case conditions made it impossible to sing live. But Beyonce is the only one who was so insecure as to USE her recorded track.

      Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I am more a fan of Kelly than Beyonce. And I applaud each one, takes courage to do what they do. Yup, no argument, Kelly had more courage than Beyonce singing live with her notes, but I just don’t think it’s a big deal and I still say, so what. I was entertained.

        Comment by sam – January 22, 2013 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s common at events like these so no big deal. But shows how amazing Kelly Clarkson is…

    Comment by Ross – January 22, 2013 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Listen, she can obviously sing. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQYv1_BAql0)
    She probably had her reasons to lyp-synch. She should just come clean, and we would all move on.

    Comment by Carol – January 22, 2013 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There isn’t much that is real about her to begin with. Why are we surprised?

    Comment by Carmen – January 22, 2013 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How can this be a surprise to anyone? The second I saw that performance I knew it was lip-synch. I’ve heard Beyonce sing live before – and I don’t think this instance matters (the girl can def. sing!) – but this was obviously not a live performance.

    Comment by cj – January 22, 2013 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whitney would sang the s*** outta that song. Live!!

    Comment by Josh – January 22, 2013 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nope, she lip-synced too.

      Comment by xx – January 22, 2013 10:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I am so disappointed to hear that. I remember that performance from Whitney. I was out in public and not paying attention to the TV but everyone at my table noticed that performance and stopped talking and looked to see who it was. Somehow, it is just not the same if it is recorded. It is still an amazing recording but it is just not as much of an event as someone getting up there and delivering a jaw-dropping live performance.
        An analogy would be if you were stunned by an amazing feat in a live sporting event and later heard the actual incident was not done live at the time but was something done earlier in practice and replayed later as part of a live event. Sure, the person really had the skill but the point of the live event is anything can happen. When everything hits just right it is amazing in part because it was live at the time.

        Comment by teatime – January 22, 2013 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t think the moment is tarnished, but I do hope Kelly Clarkson will get the praise she deserves for her amazing and moving rendition of My Country Tis of Thee, instead of being largely overlooked by every News agency in favor of Beyonce’s performance.

    Comment by remulak – January 22, 2013 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • eta: Kelly Clarkson sang live.

      Comment by remulak – January 22, 2013 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll consider this as karmic retribution for the Halo/Already Gone fiasco

    Comment by Landon Cox (@bluinjewin) – January 22, 2013 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ha ha! Good one!

      Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 11:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s really not that big a deal. We all know Beyonce can sing. If Whitney or Mariah got up there and did the same thing it still wouldn’t be a big deal. We already know they can sing. So what if they lip sync.

    Comment by Rachel – January 22, 2013 10:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No problem she lip-synced. The point is she didn’t have to ACT like she was singing live.

      Comment by s – January 23, 2013 01:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can understand why she did, because I would imagine singing the National Anthem at the President’s inauguration would be a lot of pressure. It’s a bummer that this has to become a controversy, especially since she is a phenomenal live singer and I’m sure would have done a wonderful job regardless.

    Comment by Mikaylah Roggasch (@mkroggasch) – January 22, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It doesn’t really call into question her singing ability. It DOES call into question her confidence in her singing ability, though.

      Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, but why should HER confidence be anyone else’s business? I just think it’s sad that this is now going to be something that people will always associate with her.

        Comment by Mikaylah Roggasch (@mkroggasch) – January 22, 2013 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Sorry, but we pay for the choices we make…Good or bad. It was her choice.

          Comment by Scott – January 22, 2013 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s the business of anyone who might consider shelling out several hundred dollars to see her in concert. Now the question will always be there: Is she singing live? She made this bed, now she has to lie in it.

          Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kelly sang live, the amazing Brooklyn tabernacle performed live, the bands played live…. yet Beyonce gets the most attention because of her looks. Kudos to the GREAT live performances and a simple “whatever” about Beyonce. Is anyone truly surprised?

    Comment by allie08 – January 22, 2013 10:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Disgraceful. I can only imagine how much of the tax payer’s money was spent to have her at that event when anyone there could have just as easily hit play on their iPod!

    Comment by Landon – January 22, 2013 10:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • BOOOO! What’s the point of hiring a singer for an event like that if they aren’t even going to sing live? It’s a waste of money. That’s bad taste for Beyonce and the event planners for allowing her to do that.

    Comment by Heather – January 22, 2013 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Uhhh, she wasn’t paid, you know.

      Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Even people like Celine Dion and Mariah Carey lip sync, so this doesn’t surprise me.

    Comment by Aaron – January 22, 2013 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe we just have become sensitized to it? Maybe it’s just me, since it doesn’t seem to bother me any more as long as it’s the person singing to their own voice.

      Comment by sam – January 22, 2013 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kudos to Kelly who sang live! She did an amazing job – way better than Beyonce any day! This goes to show who has real talent and self confidence.

    Comment by TS – January 22, 2013 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Say what you will about American Idol, it definitely DOES prepare their singers for high-pressure, live events.

      Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • you do not lip sync the national anthem at the USA presidential inauguration, end of story! This moment needs to be kept traditional and real. sheesh!

    Comment by Kit (@kitkatclub) – January 22, 2013 11:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought Beyonce had a good voice. Why does she have to lip sync? Weird.

    Comment by sash ran – January 22, 2013 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very disrespectful IMO…I don’t care if you lip sync, but no one should lip sync the national anthem..I find it insulting. She should issue an immediate apology.

    Comment by Scott – January 22, 2013 11:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If you’re going to play a recorded track, why get up there and move your lips? Why not just listen and appreciate the music along with everyone else. No need to be a faker.

    Comment by sash ran – January 22, 2013 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I assumed it at the time, it sounded pre-recorded. Doesn’t really bother me though. James Taylor kept talking about how hard it is to sing when it is cold like that. Kelly was totally better, though.

    Comment by KSM – January 22, 2013 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hard, perhaps. And yet he did it. Played guitar, too.

      Comment by meem – January 22, 2013 12:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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