Here is something that is getting way more attention than it ought to be: Beyoncé did officially lip-sync the “Star Spangled Banner” at the 2013 presidential inauguration in Washington D.C. Why that is a problem is baffling.
From an inside source:
“Although the Grammy winner and her team have remained silent about the “Star Spangled Banner” fracas, a source confirms to Us Weekly that she did, in fact, use a backing track for her performance in front of the U.S. Capitol. “She didn’t think there was anything wrong with it,” the source explains. “Pavarotti has done it! It was freezing out, and if she messed up just one note, that would have been the story.”
Aretha Franklin herself, who sang live at the 2009 inauguration, defended Beyoncé, telling ABC, “the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather.”
“Everybody uses these tracks, and the music director advised it. Any big outdoor live performance is almost always with some kind of track.”
Beyoncé did sing that exact version of the Star Spangled Banner at some point before the inauguration. Why does it matter that she didn’t sing it live at the actual event? It sounded just as good, didn’t it?
Paul Hudson | Elite.