January 22nd, 2013
04:10 PM ET
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:
January 9th, 2013
09:37 AM ET
Character actor Ned Wertimer, known to fans of "The Jeffersons" as the doorman Ralph Hart, has died, CNN confirms. He was 89.
Wertimer made appearances in a wide variety of classic TV series, including "Mork and Mindy," "WKRP in Cincinnati" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," but he's perhaps best known for his work on "The Jeffersons."
January 7th, 2013
12:05 PM ET
January 3rd, 2013
11:31 AM ET
In the wake of a traffic accident that took the life of a paparazzo, Miley Cyrus is backing up Justin Bieber's call for legislation.
The 20-year-old singer/actress, who's also frequently captured by paparazzi cameras as she goes about her daily activities, posted on Twitter Tuesday that the death of the photographer who died trying to take pictures of Bieber should be a turning point.
December 21st, 2012
02:43 PM ET
In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, many radio stations have pulled Foster the People’s 2011 hit single “Pumped Up Kicks,” in which frontman Mark Foster sings about a school shooting.
Foster, told CNN he was inspired by teenage mental illness when he wrote the song, with lyrics like, “You'd better run, better run, outrun my gun ... you'd better run, better run, faster than my bullet.”
Read Foster’s full statement after the jump:
November 28th, 2012
05:15 PM ET
It's ladies ... er, day, on the Billboard charts, as both Rihanna and Adele have cause to celebrate.
For Rihanna, the seventh record was the charm and the 24-year-old singer now has her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Unapologetic." The album debuted at the top of the chart after its release last week.
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