In a press conference with reporters the diva admitted that she did sang along to a pre-recorded track when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day.
However, Beyonce promised that she will “absolutely be singing live” during her Super Bowl halftime show scheduled on Feb, 3.
“I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra,” The Washington Post quotes the singer as saying.
“Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.”
The diva opened her conference in New Orleans devoted to the highly expected event with a live rendition of the national anthem that mirrored the one on Inauguration Day. She asked those at the conference to stand before she belted “The Star Spangled Banner,” and after, she said with a laugh: “Any questions?”
She promised not to be lip-syncing Sunday in her halftime performance before the largest TV viewing audience of the year.
”I will absolutely be singing live,” she said. “I am well-rehearsed and I will absolutely be singing live. This is what I was born to do, what I was born for.”
Whether the 12-minute performance will feature, perhaps, a Destiny’s Child reunion or her husband, Jay-Z, Beyonce didn’t reveal.
“I can’t really give you any details,” she said. “I’m sorry.” She was just coy as when asked to name her set list. The only thing she did admit to was a case of the jitters, just as Madonna did last year.”
“I’m nervous. When I was driving up, I got chills looking at the Superdome,” she said. “There’s so much history there.”
The singer hadn’t spoken publicly since the scandal surfaced considering her lip-synched performance of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Obama’s inauguration last week.
Her critically praised performance came under scrutiny less than a day later when a representative from the US Marine Band revealed to reporters that Beyonce had prerecorded the track.
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.”