President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday had many performances including Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor, and Beyonce.
Reports have surfaced that Beyonce was apparently lip-syncing her performance.
United States Marine Band rep Kristin Dubois told Page Six that “all music is pre-recorded for the ceremony” to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
“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 reason why.”
Beyonce pulling out her earpiece mid-performance added to the speculation that she was lip-syncing.
Later the Marine Corps Band released a statement about Beyonce’s performance.
“The Presidential Inaugural Committee requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyonce Knowles-Carter in the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony. However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event. Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances. 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.”