A spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band came out yesterday and said that BEYONCÉ lip-synced her rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at PRESIDENT OBAMA'S inauguration on Monday. But a Marine Corps spokesman issued a statement saying that no one in the band knows whether she sang live or not. He did admit that the BAND didn't play . . . because they didn't have time to properly rehearse with her.
Surprisingly, the biggest controversy stemming from PRESIDENT OBAMA'S inauguration Monday has nothing to do with his birth certificate. It's whether or not BEYONCÉ lip-synced the national anthem.
--Beyoncé's performance was pretty stellar, and got rave reviews on the World Wide Web of Uninformed Opinions. But is that because she didn't actually sing it?
--It's standard procedure with a performance like this for musicians to record a BACKING TRACK that they can sing and play along to.
--And yesterday, a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band . . . which backed up the performance . . . said that Beyoncé made the decision to rely ENTIRELY on that track.
--She said, quote, "We all know Beyoncé can sing. We all know the Marine Corps Band can play. We do not know why she decided to go with the pre-recorded music at the last minute."
--She added that the band played live for the other performers, like KELLY CLARKSON, but was specifically told to FAKE IT for Beyoncé.
--However . . . a Marine Corps spokesman later watered down that claim. But he didn't specifically deny it. He admitted that the band used a prerecorded track, because there wasn't time to properly rehearse.
--But he added, quote, "Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."
--In other words, he's not saying Beyoncé DIDN'T fake it . . . he's saying he DOESN'T KNOW . . . and neither does the woman who made the initial claim.
--People are also trying to make hay out of the fact that Beyoncé posted a picture of herself on Instagram, in which she's in a recording studio, holding sheet music for the national anthem.
--But that proves NOTHING, since we already know that she did record a backing track. (--Here's the photo anyway.) (Instagram)
(--In case you haven't seen it 5,000 times by now, here's video of Beyonce's "Star Spangled Banner".)
(--Meanwhile . . . here's a list of other ladies who've lip-synced high-profile gigs. Beyoncé's on this one, too.)
(--One last note on the inauguration: Barack and Michelle Obama threw a huge, star-studded party at the White House Monday night. You can read more about it here.)
(--Beyoncé and Jay-Z were NOT there. They flew to New Orleans after the inauguration . . . presumably so Beyoncé can start rehearsing for the Super Bowl halftime show.)
RELATED COMEDY #1: Beyoncé's performance of the national anthem at President Obama's inauguration was lip-synched. Even worse: The track was recorded by the same guy who made Obama's Hawaiian birth certificate.
RELATED COMEDY #2: A member of the Marine Band revealed that Beyoncé lip-synched the national anthem at the Presidential Inauguration. Well, it's nice to know that members of our military don't know how to keep a secret.
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