Beyonce opens up about lip-synching, “I didn’t there was anything wrong” with using a pre-recorded track

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Everyone’s talking about Beyonce lip-synching the National Anthem at the Inauguration on Monday. I don’t care, honestly, why should we care. It was a flawless performance, everyone knows she can sing, and she wanted a perfect performance. Who cares. Well, now Beyonce has broken her silence about the incident.

A source confirms to Us Weekly that Beyoncé did use a backing track for her national anthem performance. “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.”

Continues the source: “Everybody uses these tracks, and the music director advised it. Any big outdoor live performance is almost always with some kind of track.”

Still, the insider clarifies that Beyoncé didn’t completely lip-synch the song: “She did sing, but used a track.”

The source concedes that Beyoncé is disappointed by the so-called controversy: “A technicality which everybody does took away from the beauty of the moment.”

It’s no big deal…. let’s move on, people. Seriously.

Her former Destiny’s Child castmember Michelle Williams has commented to ET. She said “I will say this, it’s not the first or the last time that someone has had to lip-sync…my greatest singer of all time, Whitney Houston, it came to light that her anthem was in fact lip-synced.” Williams also discusses artists using back-up tracks for live performances, “It’s their personal preference. 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.”


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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 1:13pm
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January 23rd, 2013 at 5:27 pm

What a hack.

January 23rd, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Jennifer Hudson was there in the same freezing weather and didnt lip sync. Saying Whitney did it means nothing. Whitney may have been on drugs at that point & couldnt sing. We dont know the circumstances but we do know the circumstances with Beyonce. She lip synched because she doesnt have a great voice.

January 24th, 2013 at 7:53 am

how come it’s a huge deal when some people do and no biggie when others do? It’s either a big deal across board (ahem, milli vanilli) or it’s not. Let’s decide already. I think the point is when you have a live performer there you actually want the performance to be…live.

January 26th, 2013 at 8:47 am

I hate how they say “if she messed up one note it would have been a story” well that’s part of singing live sweetie. Christina Aguilera got torn apart for botching the lyrics to the Star Spangle Banner that one time, but you know what? At least she sang it live. Jesus even Taylor Swift always sings live. I was never a Beyonce fan, now I dislike her even more.

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