Beyonce Addresses Lip Sync Controversy, Sings NA Live at Press Conference (VIDEO)

It all makes sense now. Beyonce and her people are geniuses. She let’s the “did she or didn’t she” question about whether she lip synced the National Anthem during last week’s Presidential inauguration fester for a week, so that she could make a splashy declaration during today’s Super Bowl press conference. She had the press eating out of her hands. Seriously, if she had laid a big poop on stage, reporters would be fighting over cute nicknames to give it.

The singer started off the conference by performing a beautiful version of the National Anthem. Of course, the issue–at least for me–was not whether she can sing or not. Of course she can. Or whether it was legit to lip sync. Eh, there are lots of stars who choose to lip sync in difficult, high profile situations.

No, the thing that bugged is how she refused to fess up. taking credit for a performance that many assumed was actually live. But now I see, she was just playing the sitch for total and maximum publicity. I guess you can’t blame a girl. Not to say that I’m not still a little irritated.

By the way, according to tweets, she plans on singing live when she performs during the Superbowl half time on Sunday.

Beyonce explaines why she lip synced last week:

“I am a perfectionist, and one thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed.  I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra.  It was a live television show and a very, very important emotional show for me, one of my proudest moments. . Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the President and the inauguration and I wanted to make him and my country proud. I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track, which is very common in the music industry. I’m very proud of my performance.

The end. A statement she COULD have released Monday afternoon…  But then, would we be talking about it right now? Nope.

She refused to answer whether she would be re-uniting with her old group, Destiny’s Child, but, according to reports, “her answer made it obvious they would be.”

Check out her Live Star Spangled Banner below:

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    LOL. That chick knows how to work the fame thing. You don’t get as high up as she is by accident. I ain’t mad at her.

  • abbysee

    She and her peeps are effing genius! Well played Beysus, well played. Don’t hate the playah. Hate the game! Lol.

  • Lucie Laniel

    Still love, love Beyonce.

  • standtotheright

    As I thought (and as the audio confirmed), she specified that she was singing along with the track, not just letting it play. And, also as I thought, even saying that isn’t changing the headlines, because entertainment editors don’t “do” nuance. So handling it this way at least gets her the PR.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bug-Menot/100003601718986 Bug Menot

    She just needed a week to rehearse and a warm room to perform in. 

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Slow clap to Bey. Well played. Well played.

    I had no issue with her lack of response or the lip syncing.  It’s not like it wasn’t her singing. So the MV comparisons were off the mark.

    At the same time, I congratulate Kelly Clarkson for her performance.  It was heartfelt and beautiful.  She’s a class act for defending Beyonce. It wasn’t about the singer. It was about the event.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    That’s my girl. She better werk!! She ain’t the Queen B for nothing.

  • mjsbigblog

    Except, nobody heard it unless you were standing right next to her. The track is what played on the feed, so it really doesn’t matter whether she was lipping or singing to herself.

  • standtotheright

    I heard both feeds. [shrug] At the time, I was watching in a movie theater, so I just thought it was an echo. The WSJ video reflects what I heard on NBC, though.

  • bridgette12

    When people call you by one name and everyone know who you are, your at the top of the food chain. She knows how to play the game and she played it well. I’m still hoping that at her Superbowl half time show, that Destiny Child will reunite and we will get some news about a new album.

  • Miz

    Smart move.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Beyonce’s complete statement:

    “I am a perfectionist and one thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra, it was a live television show,” Knowles explained. “Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check I did not feel comfortable taking the risk.”

    “It was about the President and the Inauguration so I decided to sing along with the prerecorded track, which is very common in the music industry,” continued Beyoncé. “I am very proud of my performance.”

  • Heidijoy

    She did a disservice to the Orchestra to who also had a once in a lifetime opportunity and had to Fake play because of her.  She should have made time to rehearse.  Have lost respect for her Self Centeredness!!

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    Well… I’m glad she finally admitted to it. All this PR manipulation leaves a bitter taste in my mouth though, but I guess that’s the way the industry works.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Meh. Yeah, Beyonce knows how to play the game, but after this incident, my estimation of her, as a person, has fallen, whereas my respect and admiration for Kelly has gone up a few notches. The gal has guts and class.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra.  It was a live television show and a very, very important emotional show for me, one of my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk.”

    If the “show” was so important to you, then you MAKE time to rehearse properly and prepare. Yeah, if you sang live, then it would be “one of your proudest moments”, but since you used the track, it’s not what you think it is, and that particular moment in history will never come around again. Sorry, not impressed at all with these excuses.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    The United States Marine Core Band plays at the presidential inaugurations. 

    Selected band members serve under a contract as active duty enlisted Marines. The band members start at the rank of Staff Sergeant, The rank of Staff Sergeant typically takes 10-13 years  most Marines 10-13 to achieve that rank.  They are the only members of the United States Armed Forces not required to undergo recruit training and do not perform combat missions. Also, they are not assigned to any unit other than the Marine Band.

    Today, the Marine Band performs in approximately 500 events every year including state funerals, state arrival ceremonies, state dinners, parades, concerts, and other social events. This is their job, they get paid for it and they have countless opportunites to play for thousands of government events and ceremonies.

  • Tess

    Probably took her all this time to memorize what she was going to say at the press conference.  She definitely isn’t the sharpest tool in the tool box.

  • forwarddad

    @Tess how do you know how smart she is? When people don’t like a performer they sure do insult that person.

    She addresses it and people still don’t like her answers jeesh.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    The “singing along” is just a spin. It was used early in Britney Spears career too… Most performers who lip sync do sing along to the pre-recorded track, it’s just that nobody else is meant to hear the actual singing. In Beyonce’s, her live singing was inadvertently caught by mistake through another mic in one of the feeds, but it’s still lip syncing in my book because her actual mic didn’t appear to be on.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I think it’s more or less a non-story right now, but anyways, I might say that her lip synching version was much better than this live one. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I guess that Beyonce needs 12 tries to make it sound the best. lol

  • Heidijoy

    She did a disservice to the Orchestra too.  She should have made time to rehearse with them.  It was about them too!!

    Thanks for the Info. They hadn’t played for this one and not guarantee that they all did at last one.  Each is a Historical event!!

  • Jaejae1

    I think the whole thing was over blown in the first place. Go Bey!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    She addresses it and people still don’t like her answers jeesh.

    Eh. It’s Beyonce. It’s always like that with her. She’s polarizing I guess.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol All of the news outlets are reporting on Beyonce’s NA as a “stunning” response to the allegations of lip syncing. Beyonce totally missed the point of this entire situation. By referring to the live television coverage of the inauguration ceremonies as a “live show”, she evidently regarded it as just another gig. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    The mic was on. I still have the inauguration broadcasts from NBC and CNN on my DVR. On NBC, you can hear two voices from time to time. On CNN, you can clearly hear two voices and can also hear some background noise (including the scarf blowing at the 35 sec. mark). If Beyonce’s live singing was “inadvertently caught by mistake”, the WSJ and CNN are too rather large media outlets that happened to make that same mistake.

    The mistake by both of those large news organizations proves that the mic was on and Beyonce was singing live along with a backing track of her own voice.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Beyonce is polarizing? Really? I had no idea. I would feel the same way if it were anyone in that situation.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    What Orchestra?

  • Jordana33

    Beyonce took months to respond to the fake baby bump controversy, and if I recall, that was a pretty big controversy that was broadcast on TV stations all around the world. And that’s how she approaches most tabloid rumors, whether true or false (if she even bothers to respond to them). Why would anyone expect this latest controversy to be handled any differently?  

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I wasn’t talking about you personally! But yea, every single article about Beyonce since forever is filled with comments from people who hate her and pick her every movement apart. It’s weird to me since I never think of Beyonce as someone who exhibits a stong personality one way or another. To me she’s pretty, sings catchy songs, and that’s about it. What is there to hate so much? She’s just there. But what do I know.

  • mjsbigblog

    Because the rumor was actually true?

  • Jordana33

    If the “show” was so important to you, then you MAKE time to rehearse properly and prepare. Yeah, if you sang live, then it would be “one of your proudest moments”

    I would normally agree with you, but Beyonce had major commitments with the upcoming super bowl performance. Super Bowl half-time shows generally take months of preparation, and co-ordinating practice sessions with fifty or more backup dancers, singers, musicians and stage techs can’t be easy. The super bowl commitment was also made months before Obama even won the elections. I suppose she could have refused to perform at the inauguration due to her busy schedule, but I’m guessing that most people don’t say “no” to the president. I still wish she had taken the risk and performed live, but I’d cut her some slack, because I do believe that her behavior is classic of most perfectionists. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Sorry, I didn’t think that you were talking about me, personally, but I was just surprised, since I had no clue that she was polarizing. Like you, I thought that she was pretty (albeit with the help of cosmetic surgery ;) ), talented, a good singer and seemed nice, if rather bland in interviews. I guess that I was surprised that she decided to use a backing track. I would have expected singers like Taylor Swift, Britney and Katy Perry to use a backing track, but not Beyonce.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I see your point, but OTOH, we’re not talking about a song that Beyonce hasn’t sung a zillion times before, so it’s not something that should require a ton of rehearsal time with the band, since in the end, the backing track combined both the vocal and band recordings. And since the band had recorded their playing, she could have just used that as a guide to rehearse even without singing with them. Clearly, if she wasn’t there for the soundcheck, she had decided much earlier to use the backing track and not sing live, which is interesting.

  • Jordana33

    But even when rumors are true, she rarely responds promptly (or at all), which is the point I was trying to make. I know it’s annoying to the public when celebrities don’t confirm or refute every tabloid rumor right away, but for the celebrity who has to deal with rumors every day, keeping quiet is probably a healthy form of self-preservation. The alternative would be to confirm or deny everything in the media and at that point, your life becomes an open book to the public. But that’s just my opinion. I don’t think I’ll ever understand why this incident is such a big deal.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Haters gon’ hate I guess, lol… everybody needs a job in this economy :)

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    I don’t hear a second vocal in the CNN video… There is a bit of an echo or reverb but it sounds like one vocal as opposed to the WSJ one where you can distinctly hear 2 similar but different vocals. And as far as I can tell, that “scarf flapping” was just feedback that was likely left on the pre-recording… you hear it again later when the scarf is not blowing on the same type of consanant.

    Honestly, I’m confused with what people think “singing along” to a pre-recorded track will help a singer do? She is wearing an ear monitor so she’d be able to hear the pre-recording through that if it really helps her timing or whatnot, but there is no reason for it to be played externally unless it is on the speakers for everyone else to hear because her mic is not on… at least, that’s how I see it…

  • MyDailyComment

    Who can’t make time to rehearse when you are going to sing for the president?  
    That seems like a choice to me.

  • HighOnElliott

    Ya know, I never gave a damn if she lip synched or not. The only thing that bugged me, was that the majority of the hype and praise was on her, when Kelly sang her ass off, and she sang live. When the press discovered the lip syncing, they should have just shifted the praise to Kelly. 

    Funny thing about the anthem. Seems the singers are damned either way. Sing it live, you screw up a lyric, and you’re chastised. Lip sync it, then chastised for not singing live. Pretty soon, no one will wanna do it, and they’ll be forced to just play a recording.

  • standtotheright

    The only thing that bugged me, was that the majority of the hype and
    praise was on her, when Kelly sang her ass off, and she sang live.

    Seriously, outside of Twitter, where were these scores of comments? NBC (which I watched) praised them both, briefly. I’m pretty sure the MSNBC commentators were too busy swooning over the text of the speech to spend much time on the performers (for Fox news, replace with “fuming”). Was there something on CNN? The same network excoriated by John Stewart for their “breaking updates” on Michelle Obama’s coat?

    Online, Buzzfeed was all about the Obama girls.

    Honestly, I’m confused with what people think “singing along” to a pre-recorded track will help a singer do?

    It will fill out the sound if circumstances make it likely that a live vocal gets breathy or overly soft. Which is likely why even Pink, who prides herself on singing live, used backing vocals for her very athletic performance of Try. She still sang on-mic.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    I don’t think I’ll ever understand why this incident is such a big deal.

    “The only thing that bugged me, was that the majority of the hype and
    praise was on her, when Kelly sang her ass off, and she sang live. When
    the press discovered the lip syncing, they should have just shifted the
    praise to Kelly.”

    There’s your answer.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    The CNN recording and WSJ recording clearly has two voices.
    The scarf flapping matches up exactly to the sound of something flapping in the wind. Maybe the scarf was flap-syncing? Beyonce has a magic scarf! lol

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    She did a disservice to the Orchestra to who also had a once in a lifetime opportunity and had to Fake play because of her. She should have made time to rehearse. Have lost respect for her Self Centeredness!!

    So, I see I’m not the only one who feels like this.  She can entertain, but her priorities were in the wrong place on that particluar day for this once-in-a-lifetime event.  No excuses unless she was very, very sick.  Kelly and James Taylor were in the moment and I loved their performances!

  • Jordana33

    So this issue is a big deal because Kelly Clarkson didn’t get as much attention as Beyonce at a presidential inauguration?  IMO, this event shouldn’t have even been about the performers. 

  • mjsbigblog

    The thing is….this issue turned into such a big deal, she should have addressed it right away.

    Except that she new EXACTLY what she was doing. Beyonce, methinks, is in no need of “self preservation”.  Keeping quiet was all about keeping the buzz going for 10 days, until she FINALLY and DRAMATICALLY addressed the issue at a big press conference. 

    Like I said. Beyonce’s people? GENIUSES.

    By the way, EVERYTIME a performer lip syncs at a big event, it becomes a “thing” afterward. Beyonce isn’t some poor, sad, put upon flower in that regard.  Typically, as soon as the issue is addressed, it quickly drops out of the news cycle.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    The thing is….this issue turned into such a big deal, she should have addressed it right away.

    Beyonce should have done whatever she was comfortable with and whatever her PR team was telling her to do, because it worked.

    For a woman who some think “isn’t the sharpest tool in the box”, she has positioned herself to be worldwide mega superstar, selling over 75 million albums in the last decade. She has positioned herself to be a powerful woman in the entertainment industry and an influential celebrity. She’s a smart business woman, who knows how to keep herself relevant for more than a decade and how to manage her image.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Gotta agree with you. She (or her people) certainly know how to work the press.  I don’t think she’s hurting in the smarts department.  All the major stars try to control their image and get a lot of press.  I get it.  I don’t have a problem with it. At least she doesn’t have to hire paps to follow her around.  Ahem.  LOL ;-)

  • waitingforthe1

    well, it worked, you even gave it it’s own thread for discussion.  

  • mjsbigblog

    Beyonce should have done whatever she was comfortable with and whatever her PR team was telling her to do, because it worked.

    Did you actually read my entire post?  I am certainly not arguing that her people have done a fantastic job turning her into a mega superstar. No recitation of her stats is necessary, thanks.

    In order for the lip syncing controversy not to turn into a “thing” she needed to address it right away. But obviously, the controversy turning into a prolonged “thing” is exactly what she wanted. And she got it. Kudos.

    I am always going to point out the guy behind the curtain. That’s what I’ve done on this blog since I started it. There’s something about media manipulation that I both get and also abhor.  While I can admire it, watching stars work the media like they’ve got strings attached also makes me cranky. Sorry! That’s just how I feel.  No less for finding myself slavishly following along with the crowd for those hits.

    Sometimes, this business just isn’t any fun.

  • mjsbigblog

    Because it’s something that people want to discuss. 

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    To me it is just a silly publicity thing.  I doubt she meant to disrespect anyone by lip syncing, but she (or her team) decided to run with the story for maximum effect. 

    The thing about Taylor Swift… that’s an interesting analogy because wasn’t Kanye in a rage that Beyonce didn’t win a video award?  Ah, perhaps her peeps staged that too.  Or maybe they are all in it together.  :-)

    ETA: I used to defend Kanye, but the whole Kardashian thing ruined that impulse.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IDXVM7NCMXZVHX4M2RFBYOTYDA Robert

    People have lip-sync before and I don’t think that many people had an issue with it, the issue that most people had me included is that she didn’t own up to it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Actually, despite the publicist-prepared statement by Beyonce, I learned a lot about her decision to use a backing track and her perspective regarding her performance at the inauguration vs. preparing for her Super Bowl performance, which told me a lot about her, as a person.

    I’m also laughing at the headline of this Billboard article, which is a quote from Beyonce:

    “Beyonce: ‘I Will Absolutely Be Singing Live’ at Super Bowl”

    http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1537510/beyonce-i-will-absolutely-be-singing-live-at-super-bowl

    Now, we all know that in Beyonce’s world “absolutely be singing live” does NOT exclude the use of a backing vocal track. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Did you actually read my entire post?

    Yes, I did. I don’t respond to comments that I haven’t taken the time to read and give some thought to what they are saying.

    You keep saying that Beyonce should have addressed the controversy right away, but then at the same time giving kudos to her and calling her team geniuses. So, is addressing the issue right away really what she should have done? You ended up having four separate posts about it on an AI/reality tv blog. (I say this as someone who respects you, your blog and the way you run it.)

    Whatever Beyonce “should have done” can be second guessed for weeks or months, but how Beyonce and her PR team decided to handle the situation, worked.

    Who is feeling sorry for Beyonce? I’m certainly not. She’s got a good stable life, both personally and professionally. She didn’t get to the position she is at by working the media, without massive amounts of talent, hard work and dedication to go along with it. Knowing how to work the media is certainly a part of every superstar’s overall attraction and it is a part, along with many other talents, of what has helped Beyonce become a worldwide megastar.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Whatever Beyonce “should have done” can be second guessed for weeks or
    months, but how Beyonce and her PR team decided to handle the situation,
    worked.

    What do you mean by “worked”?

  • standtotheright

    What do you mean by “worked”?

    I don’t know if this is what Taylor means, but what I would mean is this:

    1) The decision to use a backing track for an outdoor performance is clearly more charged and controversial than I, since I feel that it counts as a legitimate live performance, think is warranted. A whole lot of people think “oh, it’s Milli Vanilli lip synching” any time there is any assistance.

    2) I don’t accept MJ’s thesis that this would have just “gone away” if she’d addressed it. Precisely because of her prominent role in the Super Bowl halftime show, any statement that she delivered would have been repeated and discussed up until her appearance on Sunday in the wide news coverage of the game.

    3) The headlines would have been the same: She lip-synched. And the questions about whether or not she would have done so at the Super Bowl would have continued.

    4) This way, she got to frame it as much as possible away from her capability to sing (which casual news readers would question after the Inauguration [see point 1]) and as much as possible towards her desire to make the performance memorable for the audience and for the President. And she sold her performance at the Super Bowl as live singing (which I agree didn’t rule out including a backing track…but I also don’t care).

    It’s called optics.  And I think the problem with most celebrities is that they don’t think about the optics effectively and express things accordingly.

  • mjsbigblog

    I don’t accept MJ’s thesis that this would have just “gone away” if she’d addressed it. 

     
    And now that the issue has been addressed, is anybody talking about it today? Not really.

    You keep saying that Beyonce should have addressed the controversy right away

    Personally, I think she should have, just to give credit where credit it due and to tone down the controversy.  But obviously, that’s not what her team wanted.  She got maximum publicity out of the deal, and in that sense, yes, her PR is genius, but I can still hold the opinion that I wished she had said something sooner, for the reasons I stated above, and STILL cash in on the hits the silly controversy brings my way. If not Beyonce, it would surely be something else. lol. 

    There were plenty of people feeling sorry for Beyonce. Some of the meltdowns I was reading on twitter were pretty funny, actually. I won’t name names. lol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yes, I see all of your points, but for me, her statement revealed a lot about how her own thinking works and simply confirmed what I suspected all along. For me (and I think a lot of others), it was never about Beyonce’s ability to sing the NA (I knew she could do it easily), and she seemed to think that by singing it at the press conference that proved something. What it proved was that, even without a ton of rehearsal, she was able to sing an impromptu a capella rendition of the NA very well (under no pressure), which for me only emphasized how her decision to use a prerecorded track had more to do with her inability to handle the pressure of the situation and her decision (because it was a conscious decision) to not have adequate rehearsal with the band and attend the sound check (or whatever, etc., despite having a prerecording of the band accompaniment that she could have rehearsed with).

    Consequently, my suspicions were confirmed by her own statement that she did not regard the performance at the inauguration as important enough to make time for adequate rehearsal (which would take time away from her preparations for the Super Bowl), which I understand, but it also gave me insight into Beyonce’s thinking and how she regarded the inauguration performance vs. rehearsing for the Super Bowl in terms of level of “importance” to HER. And her spin of trying to sell that the performance was SO important to her that she went with the prerecorded track is lame and, of course, tried to cast herself in the best possible light with that “one of my proudest moment” crap. So, for me, Beyonce’s press conference did nothing to see her in a more positive light and simply confirmed what I had thought all along. In that sense, it didn’t “work” for me (or “on” me ;) ). lol

  • standtotheright

    And now that the issue has been addressed, is anybody talking about it today? Not really.

    That’s not what a Google News search suggests to me. I see several articles dated within the past several hours mentioning it in the headlines. (Also, apparently her performance is an Illuminati conversion effort. LOL.)

  • mjsbigblog

    Now that she’s addressed it definitively, the conversation has changed to “did she or didn’t she” to how brave she is, blah blah blah.  

    There’s no way to say exactly how the conversation would have shifted if she would have addressed it earlier in the week, but I still believe it would have been less of a “thing.” Which, as I have said, is clearly NOT what Beyonce’s people wanted.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Beyonce had 12 takes of the NA for her pre-recording which was sung to a pre-recording of the band, so yeah, she basically rehearsed with the pre-recording of the band, no less than 12 times. My next question is how were bits and pieces of her 12 pre-recordings spliced together (along with autotune ;) ), to create that “perfect” pre-recording that was what people heard? lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Now that she’s addressed it definitively, the conversation has changed
    to “did she or didn’t she” to how brave she is, blah blah blah.”

    Beyonce is now being called “brave”? Wow! Her publicists are REALLY good! lol

  • standtotheright

    It’s a three minute song at best. If she did 12 takes, that’s 36 minutes of recording time. Even with multiple breaks, she could have done them all in two hours the night before the performance, gone to dinner, and come back to approve the mix. But it’s kind of hard to rehearse with a large band outdoors, in DC, in January, at night. It helps to be able to see the sheet music. And to hold one’s instrument without freezing.

    I can’t look at the fact that she had maybe a couple of hours with a team in a recording studio at night and argue that meant she had adequate time to rehearse with the band during the day.  If people want to say that her responsibilites to her own kid and her own crew needed to deprioritized for the inauguration, that’s about personal weighing of priorities. But I’m not willing to say that. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    I don’t know if they spliced parts together or used autotune, but neither of those things would be unusual or shocking in any way for a recording. The same things are done with all the Idol’s recordings for iTunes and they can certainly sing live. (well, most of them;))

    As far as needing 12 takes with splices and autotune, we know that Beyonce sounded pretty close to “perfect” singing the NA straight through and live, from what was seen on CNN and WSJ. She isn’t one of those singers that needs autotune, as she has proven on the videos from these media outlets and at various times in the past.

    12 takes means Beyonce is a perfectionist. She has always claimed to be extremely hard on herself, a workaholic and a perfectionist. Those types of demands Beyonce puts on herself have served her well in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Now that she’s addressed it definitively, the conversation has changed to “did she or didn’t she” to how brave she is, blah blah blah.

    And this is bad because….??? lol

     

  • windmills

    mjsbigblog: And no feeling sorry for Queen Bey. This bit reminds me of the Taylor/Kanye MTV dustup, when he tried to take her award away from her on stage. Wherein I held the highly unpopular opinion that Taylor should have sent Kanye flowers afterward, as the “controversy” probably helped her win more awards in the following awards season and had the entire press corps on her side. She’s another one who knows how to work the press, but I digress…
    I am always going to point out the guy behind the curtain. That’s what I’ve done on this blog since I started it. There’s something about media manipulation that I both get and also abhor.  While I can admire it, watching stars work the media like they’ve got strings attached also makes me cranky. Sorry! That’s just how I feel.  No less for finding myself slavishly following along with the crowd for those hits.
    Sometimes, this business just isn’t any fun.
    I’d make an even bigger point about the media and how it’s evolved. These days, it’s all about rage-baiting headlines and media outlets telling a story in a way that’s purposely designed to stoke a response from commenters who think they need to set the record straight. And it’s gone beyond the headlines into the stories themselves, which are either meta or whose connection with reality is weak at best.
    Of course Beyonce didn’t address the real issue and changed the conversation with the press conference stunt. That’s how PR works. But what’s changed is it’s how the media works too – there’s a growing subset of “reporting” now that’s really about rage-baiting or doing whatever it takes to foster a meta discussion that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with reality. That’s combined with the subset of “reporting” that is really “transaction journalism” as Maura Johnston called it (which is the media manipulation MJ referred to), which has bred a really toxic environment in which some celebs now spoonfeed storylines to the media with staged photo ops and stunts that are there to change or start a conversation no matter whether they’re connected to reality.
    It started with reality famehos like Spencer & Heidi and people like the Kardashians. But what’s depressing is seeing that kind of behavior spread to genuinely talented people like Leann Rimes, and up to talented megastars like Beyonce and as MJ noted, Taylor Swift. I get and support the idea of controlling your PR and selectively participating in PR moves like magazine cover stories to promote projects. But what I’m talking about here goes even further, I’m talking about celebs and media engaging in this game of charades where it’s really about stoking conversation and by design that conversation doesn’t have a lot to do with reality. 
    I’m not surprised by it anymore. I’d go as far as saying that today’s megastars pretty much to HAVE to play this game of charades if they want to stay megastars, or so goes the conventional wisdom these days (I don’t think the Adele story can be repeated). And that’s exactly why I don’t wish megastardom on my special snowflakes. It’s an effed up, unhealthy culture that does no mental health favors to its denizens. 
    As far as the particulars of the B inauguration/press conference story, I was annoyed when it turned out the benefit of the doubt I’d given Beyonce over her inauguration performance was at least 50% misplaced but got over it because at the end of the day, I don’t care about Beyonce and the performances that stuck with me from that day came from the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and poet Richard Blanco. I did chuckle at 1st over the press conference, but then got annoyed when I realized all the ensuing headlines would be aimed at “haters” and this was just going to be another wormhole. I wasn’t even going to post but then I saw the PR thing being debated. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Of course Beyonce didn’t address the real issue and changed the
    conversation with the press conference stunt. That’s how PR works.”

    Exactly.

    “But what I’m talking about here goes even further, I’m talking about celebs and media engaging in this game of charades where it’s really about stoking conversation and by design that conversation doesn’t have a lot to do with reality. ”

    Again, exactly.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Actually, I was kind of joking about the splicing part, and frankly, being a “perfectionist” has nothing to do with the real issue here.

    What did you mean when you said it “worked”?