J. Lo, Aretha Franklin weigh in on Beyonce-gate
January 23rd, 2013
01:31 PM ET

J. Lo, Aretha Franklin weigh in on Beyonce-gate

While the world awaits final word from Queen Bey herself on whether her Inauguration Day performance was truly a fake-out, other singers are coming to her defense. Or, finding humor in the situation, if said singer's name happens to be Aretha Franklin.

Jennifer Lopez took up for Beyonce when she visited "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on Tuesday, explaining (as many before her did that day) that lip-syncing is far from uncommon.

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January 22nd, 2013
04:10 PM ET

We track Beyonce-gate (so you don't have to)

There's no doubt that Beyonce put on one heck of a show when she performed the National Anthem at Monday's Inauguration of President Obama.

She just didn't put on a live one - as far as we know. As a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told CNN, Beyonce didn't actually perform the "Star-Spangled Banner" live during the ceremony, but rather lip-synched along with her own voice. (Were these photos on her Tumblr page intended to be a hint?)

However, later in the day, the Marine Corps said in a statement that no one in their organization "is in a position to assess whether [Beyoncé's vocal performance] was live or pre-recorded."

If it was pre-recorded that wouldn't be uncommon, but it would be surprising, considering everything evident in her rendition: the hand motions to match her scaling the notes, the facial expressions conveying effort, and - most damning of all - the removal of her earpiece.

After she finished, those who bore witness were awestruck, hailing her performance as flawless. So how did everyone take it when they learned that the whole thing was pre-recorded? Here's a recap:

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U.S. Marine Band: Beyoncé 'did not actually sing' during inaugural
January 22nd, 2013
01:08 PM ET

U.S. Marine Band: Beyoncé 'did not actually sing' during inaugural

Pop star Beyoncé opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the National Anthem during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band tells CNN.

"We don't know why the decision was made," U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said. "She did not actually sing," DuBois added, noting Beyoncé lip-synched her own voice.

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Get a new look at Beyonce's doc, 'Life Is But A Dream'
January 14th, 2013
01:11 PM ET

Get a new look at Beyonce's doc, 'Life Is But A Dream'

Beyonce and Justin Timberlake could be the queen and king of promotional maneuvers, as both artists have cleverly dropped breadcrumbs to remind fans of forthcoming projects.

While Timberlake is pointing toward a new album, Beyonce is reminding us about her HBO documentary, which will air February 16 on HBO.

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Beyonce on new album and a 'Destiny'-filled reunion
January 10th, 2013
01:59 PM ET

Beyonce on new album and a 'Destiny'-filled reunion

As the newly minted "Hottest Woman of the 21st Century" - per GQ magazine - Beyonce is well aware of the power she wields as an influential entertainer. But that doesn't mean she completely understands it.

The 31-year-old singer said as much to GQ in its February issue, which boasts the mom of one on the cover in just skivvies and a cropped top.

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Sneak peek at Beyonce's 'raw' HBO documentary
December 4th, 2012
01:19 PM ET

Sneak peek at Beyonce's 'raw' HBO documentary

At just 25 seconds in length, the new clip for Beyonce's upcoming HBO documentary is the tease of all teases.

"I always battle with how much do I reveal about myself," Bey says as it begins, before going on to reveal not very much at all. (We get it, she has to save something for the actual event.)

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