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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  1. Ken

    I don't understand why everyone's making a big deal out of Beyoncé. Kelly Clarkson totally rocked it and no one is talking about her. And she actually sang...

    January 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. You see SILLY WILLY

    you could have come to the show last night all i had to do was bring this machine....


    January 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Devon

    I remember when my dad (Mace Barrett) sang the national anthem at the democratic convention for Lydon B. Johnson. He was sick and had a bad cough. He gave it his all and sang great! It's too bad that musical integrity has all but disappeared.
    There are very few singers today who have the courage to sing live. It's about feelings, not about making sure everything is perfect. I agree with Mark – Shame on you Beyonce!

    January 23, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. mark

    I believe Beyonce can sing unlike J.Lo, Brittany, Rhianna, etc. But it is very sad that "musicians" these days resort to this ugly behavior. Even if Beyonce had a cough, cold what ever – she needed to sing live. This is really an insult! When I think back to the days of James Taylor, Al Green, etc. when musicians sang at live events. Now a days, using autotune, anyone can be a singer. This is so sad for real music. It is now really a producers medium as they are the ones who truly make a record sound good. Not a Karen Carpenter, or Adele who truly sings. Shame on you Beyonce

    January 23, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Hollywood

    Thank you USMC. At least there were some true pros playing live!

    January 23, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  6. North Dallas Don

    Another fraud from the pop community. And that's what it is, fraud. Evidently Beyonce is not confident in her ability to adquately sing our National Anthem so she resorted to using a crutch. Surely we could have found a singer who is just as notable and popular and who does not try to deceive us.

    January 23, 2013 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    I want to shower Beyonce with diarrhea

    January 23, 2013 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Carol

    Here come all the haters! BIG DEAL, who doesn't lip sync these days? So why is it a big deal if she did do it? Evidently you enjoyed it enough to watch it. So what do you want now, her birth certificate? Get a life!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • North Dallas Don

      Carol, sweetheart, you have no credibility. Clearly you do not know what you are talking about. I spent a few years working at the old Reunion Arena. I worked many Mavericks and a few Stars games. I can count on one hand the number of times our talent relied on a pre-recorded voice track. So no, not everybody does it. Very few do. And even if they all did, that still makes it fraud.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tim W.

    So really, whats the big deal ? Does it make any difference ar all ? Come on people we have more important things to discuss.....like does the toilet paper come off the roll in front or down the back.........YES.....that is more important then if its real of if its memorex !

    January 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dan

    Her and Britney never sing on stage they always lip-synch to music taped in-studio by others that can actually sing.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bribarian

    Beyonce is a fake.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bridget

    She's such a drama queen. I mean, ripping out the earpiece when in fact you're miming? Puuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrlease!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. can we get away from this

    i am soooooooo done

    January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kathleen

    People who have to sing in cold temperatures frequently record and then lip sync because the cold dry air can lead to coughing and shortness of breath. And honestly, if given a choice between having a near perfect recording for a moment in history, or making a mistake that would be endlessly fed on, who wouldn't opt for the near perfect.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brechje

      So I'm guessing that Kelly Clarkson has magically acquired cold proof vocal chords? Come on!
      And choosing not to sing live just means that maybe precious little Bee isn't the superstar she claims to be...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • V¡xen

      "magically acquired cold proof vocal chords"..lmao

      January 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Constantine

    I think he might look likes weenie toucher.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Emily Thornton

    Her and Obama are both fakes.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  17. V¡xen

    Shooting in Huston TX. CC finally snapped.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rhiannon

    Why all the celebrities? Because this man is not a president, he is merely "famous". How can half the voters in this country be so foolish, and blind?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tanya

    And she didn't give birth either.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Chucklehead

    Why even bother brining in some celebrity to lip synch when the Marine Corps Band is there? It's a presidential inaugaration not American Idol.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. margaret

    it was very perfect...i figured it was a lip sync. i can do it live...the Prez could have called me...lol

    January 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dan

    What's the difference between her and Lance Armstrong? Both cheaters. I think they should take away her Olympic singing medals. J-Lo needs to answer for this.

    January 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  23. karma

    I thought the performance was too perfect. This proves Beyonce is not perfect and can't sing live at all! Kelly should have sang the NA at least she can sing live.

    January 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Elaine

    Cheaters never prosper. This is why she never won on American Idol or Star Search.

    January 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Patricia

    I knew it ! I knew J Lo wasn't really singing. Just a recording ! They shoulda let me do that. I wouldn't even have charged.

    January 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • theobc

      you're right! J Lo wasn't singing. Now, the story is about Beyoncé and she wasn't singing live either. very few of the new artist today can sing live and some can't sing at all. if you will take note, the singers that can actually sing aren't usually on stage half naked gyrating like they are in some burlesque show. the exception would be Mariah Carey, while she is usually have naked and gyrating, she is not doing it to masquerade the fact that she can't actually sing, because MARIAH can sing.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      J Lo is awesome. She did good on American Idol. She wouldn't be seen at s-a-mbo's party.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leah

      So Emily, remember the tigers are turned into butter and Sambo eats them with his pancakes. My grandmother had a copy of that book and I read it when I was a kid. Didn't realize until I was an adult that it was considered racist, but there you go. Sambo won in the end.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |

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