Beyonce’s incredible performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Monday’s inauguration was lip-synched, Page Six has confirmed. A rep for the United States Marine Band revealed to reporters that the famous singer decided to perform to a pre-recorded track at the last minute.
“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” Kristin DuBois, a rep for the band tells Page Six.
“We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyonce was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the (sic) reason why.”
Although the diva hasn’t commented on the issue yet is, sources familiar with the matter said she was upset the scandal had detracted from her historic achievement, reports The Daily Mail.
One source close to the singer and who did not hold back in her criticism of Beyoncé’s reported miming was Aretha Franklin, who admitted today that she ‘cracked up’ when she heard the news.
However, Aretha, who performed at Obama’s first inauguration ceremony four years agi, told reportersw that the singer had ‘done a beautiful job with the pre-record’.
She said: “When I heard the news this evening that she was pre-recorded I really laughed. I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather.”
“When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record.”
Aretha went on, adding that she had never even thought of pre-recording when she was ask to sing the country’s anthem back in 2009.
She said: “I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind.”
Beyoncé’s Destiny’s Child bandmante Michelle Williams defended the singer, though, telling reporters: “I will say this, it’s not the first or the last time that someone has had to lip-sync.”
She continued: “My greatest singer of all time, Whitney Houston, it came to light that her anthem was in fact lip-synced.”
Williams also mentioned artists who constantly use back-up tracks for live performances: “It’s their personal preference,” she said.
“With big crowds and echoes, you know when it’s a big historical moment, you don’t want any room for any mistakes so I can understand why it was done.”
Jennifer Lopez also rushed to defend Beyonce during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday night.
Asked her opinion on pre-recording the track for such a public event, Jennifer said: “Sometimes it happens when you are in certain stadiums and certain venues and things, they do pre-record stuff because you’re going to have that terrible slapback.”
She added: “If I remember rightly, Whitney Houston was also recorded when she performed at the Super Bowl. And it was an amazing rendition – everyone loved it and it became a huge hit.”
Alicia Keys, who performed during the Presidential Inauguration Ball, also tried to justify Beyonce in one of her recent interviews.
Speaking about the scandal, she said: “What I do know is that Beyonce is a great performer and she’s an incredible artist. Really really powerful voice and the one thing you can not doubt is she can sing, you know what I mean?”
The 31-year-old continued: “And she absolutely can sing so all the rest of the wires and whatever, we know that she can deliver and she did deliver that song and she did deliver that song really beautifully.”