Did Beyonce lip sync the national anthem at the Inauguration?
It certainly looks that way, as the Times of London is claiming that despite her energetic performance, Bey was “lip-syncing to a pre-recorded backing track.” For evidence, the Times quotes a spokesman for the Marine Corps Band, who says that it’s “standard procedure to record a backing track, and Beyonce decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol.”
If Beyonce did lip synch, it wouldn’t be the first time. Back in 2009 she came under criticism for allegedly lip syncing her Broadway tribute at the Oscars.
I have to ask the question, does it matter if she lip synched? Does it make her a lesser performer? The weather conditions were less than ideal that day, for the orchestra and Beyonce. Granted Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor didn’t seem to have a problem with the cold, giving stunning performances.
Personally, it doesn’t matter to me. I can’t carry a tune in a five gallon bucket though. SO I don’t imagine I’ll have to deal with this problem anytime soon.