Beyonce Lip-Synced the National Anthem - Kelly Clarkson Sang Live (DISCUSS) (UPDATED)

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UPDATED: Earlier, a spokesperson from the Marine Band confirmed that Beyonce lipsynced. Now, the director of the Marine Band, Col. Michael J. Colburn will only confirm that the band fake-played to a pre-recorded backing track, but says he does not know for sure whether Beyonce was lip-syncing or singing live (corrected):

As for B, he noted that “it looked and sounded like she was singing her heart out” from where he was standing by the band, but he really didn’t know whether she was actually singing over the track playing, adding that only the sound person and Beyoncé herself would know that.

Hm. I wonder who got to the peeps at the Marine Band? Beyonce’s reps have yet to comment. Which, I think, pretty much confirms that she did, indeed, lipsync. Via EOnline

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So it turns out that Beyonce lip synced her version of the National Anthem at yesterday’s presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington DC.

This explains why, while I found the R&B singer’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner very very nice and perfectly adequate,  Kelly Clarkson’s “My Country “Tis of Thee” felt so much more immediate to me.

You see, Kelly sang LIVE, as she did when she performed a flawless National Anthem at the Superbowl last year.

Yes, I’ll say it again. Queen Bey’s NA was a a letdown for me, by comparison.

In Beyonce’s defense, singing live in front of millions of people is a pretty scary proposition.  According to reports, she rehearsed with the Marine Band the night before, and decided at the last minute to lip sync to a backing track.   Better safe than sorry.  The slightest error singing the beloved anthem at a big event can cause bad press for days.

All the more reason to admire the singers who choose to sing it live.  By the way, Carrie Underwood sang her Super Bowl NA live and a’capella a few seasons ago.

Via TMZ, The Daily Beast

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  • Lovesyesha

    Hmmmm…the source is TMZ? Yeah, this doesn’t sound very reliable to me. I thought Bey’s rendition was beautiful, as was Kelly’s performance. Both are beautiful incredibly talented singers and it seems pointless IMO to compare them as they did two completely separate performances.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

    In her defense, She’s not the first. According to some people the greatest rendition of the national anthem ever was performed by Whitney Houston – Super bowl 1991, and she lip synched it too! So she gets a pass from me. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/whitney-houston-performed-greatest-national-anthem-sports-history-020851426.html

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I think it is ok if they lip-sync at important events like these. Better safe than sorry because you could end up like a Xtina superbowl moment.

  • harvestmoon

    Although it pains me greatly to say this, TMZ is extremely reliable.  If they printed the story, I have no doubts that it’s true.

    FWIW, I very much enjoyed both performances, although much of what I felt may be attributed to the magical feeling of the day itself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleeatorio Alexandre Oliveira

    I seriously don’t buy any of these TMZ’s news, and if she lyp synced I though she did a wonderful job doing it because I didn’t even notice.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    The source isn’t TMZ. It was also reported in The Times of London as well as The Washingtonian, which is a very established Washington area magazine and by a DC blogger who is a well known local reporter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    I think it’s OK, not a BIG scandal.  Almost all these singers lip-sync, ie. Britney Spears, Pink, so many others.
    I watched it again and it looked live to me with a backing track.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7JTO2ZWH7CHEUP7DI5ZAQLDTW4 kcfan

    Pink doesn’t lip sync.

  • Valentin432

    I don’t begrudge Beyonce at all for lip singing at such an important event and in harsh meteorological conditions, but it does make me even more proud of the fact Kelly chosed to perform live and delivered a great performance.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    That’s a cute picture of the two of them.  I thought Kelly killed it.  I kinda wondered if Beyonce was lip syncing.  In the end, I don’t really care.  I did notice Joe Biden checking them both out with a silly grin on his face. LOL.

  • sdmama

    I do not think it is a big deal. It is still her singing. Better pre-recorded than auto-tuned.  If this is true, however, I would like to use it as opportunity to repeat “Kelly Rocks!” 

  • heartly

    TMZ isn’t the main source, word has come straight from the United States Marine Band that played with both Beyonce and Kelly.

    I was going to mention in my comment yesterday that Beyonce was Memorex’ed, but decided against it since I didn’t have any proof.  The person that broke the news that Kelly was taking part in this was also present at all of the rehearsals this weekend and said that the rumor was that Beyonce was going to use the track.  On Saturday, during rehearsals they had Kelly and the band each record tracks to have for a “just in case” situation.  This person said that they really don’t want to use them but sometimes circumstances make them needed. The plan was for Kelly to always sing it live. They also said that Beyonce’s camp was rather difficult in the whole process leading up to this and would change their minds about everything including blowing off the rehearsals with the band on Saturday and the main run through on Sunday. She obviously met up with Sunday night though.

    I’m not going to get outraged about this because she did sing it, she just didn’t sing it live in that moment.  It happens all the time but it does look bad when the other singer goes out there and nails it right before.  I do wish that people that champion themselves as singers would do everything live, but I understand that there’s different circumstances and a lot of pressure there to be perfect but sometimes it’s perfect to be imperfect.  Kelly’s wasn’t perfect, but it was damn good….and live.

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    Wow I’m surprised, I always thought I had a great sense for detecting these things and was so sure she was singing live…

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Eh. I don’t care. But it will be fun to joke about tough. ;)

  • cheese1

    I don’t blame her for taking precautions for an inauguration – it’s kind of a big deal. Lip-synching at the Super Bowl or any sporting event is just lame, though. 

  • DaisyMagnolia

    Regardless of who is reporting this, it comes across as a means to knock Beyonce down a peg when she is hardly the first person to do this, if she did. This sort of stuff only seems to come out as a way to embarrass someone, IMO.

    I’m not a huge Beyonce fan, FWIW.  I’ve enjoyed several of her songs, but I don’t get in a lather for her albums.   But she’s a very good singer and this doesn’t change that.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I don’t blame her but I care only because so many singers who come off of Idol — although certainly not Kelly and Carrie *at this point*– are disrespected by the press and industry because of their association with Idol while singers like Beyonce are fawned all over even when they cut corners by lip-synching or autotuning. Sure, I know it’s acceptable under the circumstances but, when it comes to Idol alumni, music industry insiders — including fellow artists — and the press should also start giving credit where credit is due and stop being lazy reporters who only see as far as the Idol association.

  • windmills

    This is going to sound weird but the moment when I was most suspicious was when Beyonce ripped the earpiece out of her ear. I hoped I was being too cynical and I let it go because I felt like this of all times was not the time to get all judgey about a performance. 

    I kind of expected Beyonce to lip synch, to be honest. I expect the same thing for the Super Bowl, maybe with a couple moments here and there of live singing. But it’s the earpiece move that’s ruined how surprised and charmed I was by her performance and her relief afterwards, now that it’s confirmed the performance was lipped. 

  • http://twitter.com/mcdeallover Sunny Mc

    First- I love that picure so much!!!!

    Second- I need Kelly’s coat.

    Third- Can’t believe Beyonce lip-synched, the runs she did seemed so off the cuff. Don’t care if she did Beyonce can sang!

    Most important- Kelly >Beyonce yesterday.

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    I’ll consider this karmic retribution for the Halo/Already Gone fiasco

  • kcostell

    Even for people who normally perform live, frigid temperatures like the ones in DC yesterday can make things awkward. It’s why Yo-Yo Ma cello-synced 4 years ago, and the entire Mormon Tabernacle Choir lip synced in the Salt Lake opening ceremonies.

    Typically the Super Bowl is held in warmer climes where this isn’t such a problem.

  • breakdown

    Well, I think it’s chickenshit not to sing it live unless there’s a raging thunderstorm or something. Kelly and James rocked!

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I’d rather have a pre-recorded vocal than someone caterwauling and taking 10 minutes to sing the last note lol. We all know Beyonce is a fantastic singer, so this is much ado about nothing! 

  • heartly

    USA Today has more quotes from the spokesperson of the band confirming it. The band was also instructed by her people to use a track.

    DuBois says they were “surprised” to be given instructions during the
    ceremonies that they were to stand and pretend to play their
    instruments during the national anthem, and they “don’t know” why that
    decision was made. Or even who made it. Probably Beyoncé. “It’s not what
    we would have chosen, but we were instructed to do it so we did.”‘

    As for Beyoncé, “we all know she has the pipes,” she said. “It wasn’t
    because she can’t sing it or because the band can’t play it, because we
    can. … We performed live, as we have for every inauguration since 1801.”

    She said that every four years somebody wants to write a story about “was it live or was it Memorex?”

    She also says Kelly Clarkson sang live, and that the band’s staff arranger wrote the special arrangement of My Country, ‘Tis of Thee that she used.

    Sidenote, on that last part, Kelly and her musical director also arranged the song.
    stieny ?@stieny
    Proud of @jasonhalbert today for his awesome arrangement of “My country tis of thee” at the Inauguration today. pic.twitter.com/gOj5Zcnp

  • potatorocks

    I wish performers didn’t feel like they have to lip sync.  I have so much respect for those who do it live, heartfelt and in the moment even if it all goes wrong.    I always thought it made sense for performers who do a ton of dancing to lip sync but otherwise I would like to see them take the risk.
    There is something to be said for the lack of perfection—-it is real.

  • iani

    I’ve been sometimes asked who I think is(are) the voice(s) of America and I have my standard answer for years already and it has not  changed, no matter my musical tastes and preferences: Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and Christina Aguilera. Good for Beyonce that at this point of her career she “rules” the musical world and do whatever is comfortable for her, including lip-synced, a not so easy task to do it professionally and good for Kelly that can keep her standards up and do it live beautifully. 

  • Mateja Praznik

    Maybe they should just play the instrumental and spare the nervous singers? Does the American anthem have to be sung? Because here they usually just play the instrumental track. And if it’s sung, it’s performed by a choir, solo singers rarely sing the anthem live. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    But it’s the earpiece move that’s ruined how surprised and charmed I was
    by her performance and her relief afterwards, now that it’s confirmed
    the performance was lipped.

    To me, the earpiece move is what makes it hilarious. And the grand hand gestures. Oh, the drama!

    I mean I get she was trying to sell it. Whitney Houston did the same type of thing at her classic Superbowl performance. Still funny diva hystronics though IMO.

  • abbysee

    I was ok with this until I read Windmills comment and remembered Beyonce’s ear piece removal and relieved look when she was done. Acting much? Glad Kelly had the guts to do it live and let the chips fall where they may. imho B cared more about perfection and Kelly the connection, and therein lies the rub!

  • Montavilla

    The only thing that bugs me at all is that I had to listen to the TV commentators yammer on for several minutes about how amazing it was that Beyonce nailed such an incredibly difficult song while they were covering the event.

    But that’s certainly not Beyonce’s fault — and I guess they have to fill a lot of time.  It was a decision made in order to produce the best performance at one of our most significant national ceremonies.  I’m not going to second-guess it.

    In summary:  Beyonce doesn’t suck.  Kelly rocks.

  • MV007

    I don’t have a problem with Lip-Syncing.  What I have a problem with is allowing everyone to talk about how great it was.  This was one of the biggest talking points from the ceremony.  Tons of people went to twitter talking about amazing Beyonce was.  It was a headline on news sites.  Only it was a track and maybe she’s not this amazing singer she wants to pretend to be.

  • usedtobelucy

    Spokesperson for Marine Band confirmed the lip synch. He/she is probably pretty reliable. just sayin.

    UPDATE January 22, 12:10 PM: “We don’t know why Beyoncé decided to use
    prerecorded music,” a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band told us
    this morning. “All music [for inaugural ceremonies] is prerecorded as a
    matter of course, and that’s something we’ve done for years and years.
    The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received
    last-minute word that Beyoncé wanted to use the recording.” The
    spokesperson also added that everyone knows Beyoncé is a gifted singer,
    and her decision has no bearing on her musical ability.

    http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/afterhours/inauguration-2013/did-beyonce-lip-sync-the-star-spangled-banner.php

  • usedtobelucy

    “Regardless of who is reporting this, it comes across as a means to knock
    Beyonce down a peg when she is hardly the first person to do this, if
    she did. This sort of stuff only seems to come out as a way to
    embarrass someone, IMO.”

    Seems to me it’s a way to explain the facts — facts that many people on site for the inauguration wondered about, apparently. …. Not sure why it would be better to let people go on wondering when the facts are out there for the taking. Nobody is reporting that she didn’t sing it very beautifully. Just that she didn’t sing it live. Not really fair to those who did sing live to let the idea stand that everybody did, either, as far as I can see.

  • usedtobelucy

    ” I wish performers didn’t feel like they have to lip sync.  I have so
    much respect for those who do it live, heartfelt and in the moment even
    if it all goes wrong.    I always thought it made sense for performers
    who do a ton of dancing to lip sync but otherwise I would like to see
    them take the risk.
    There is something to be said for the lack of perfection—-it is real.”

    Endlessly tinkered with recordings and autotuning and so on have left too many people intolerant of live, raw, regular performances, unfortunately.

  • jpfan2

    She should have done it live. But Whitney’s was pre-recorded as well so….

  • DaisyMagnolia

     It just seems a bit petty to me, is all.  Pre-recordings happen all the time in these cases.  By the end of the week, no one would have cared either way.

    Then again, I’m always suspicious when this sort of information comes out.  I’m skeptical by nature.  :-D

  • mjsbigblog

    She’s obviously a great singer but she’s not JHud or Kelly or Adele or Xtina and I think she’s been trying to reach those heights.

    Yeah…I think she’s a solid singer and a charismatic performer who makes great records. She’s a overrated, imho.
    I forgot about the earpiece bit. NICE TOUCH BEY. lol.

  • usedtobelucy

     According to The Washingtonian, this is why they followed up:

    “to close observers, it appeared the performer was not singing live.
    To press seated just below the podium, in front of the “President’s Own”
    Marine Corps Band, it was evident that the band wasn’t actually playing
    during the song—even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn
    was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into
    their instruments. Separately, at one point during her performance,
    Beyoncé removed her earpiece.”

  • bridgette12

    I don’t care if they lip sync or not, because it’s not out of the ordinary to people to lip sync at performances like this. Beyonce has song live enough times that I know she can sing. As for both Beyonce and Kelly’s performances, they were good, but not great. If I have a complaint about anyone, it’s J-Hud, who choose the wrong song to sing.

  • tucker davis

    To anyone’s knowledge, have any of the Idols ever lip-synced a performance? I know this technique is common for today’s performers…just makes me appreciate the ‘little-respected’ alum of AI even more! They may be shakin’ in their boots, but they’re real!!

  • Larc

    More and more aspects of pop singers and their performances are sadly becoming more and more artificial.  It’s sadder still that much of the public is all too willing to accept being cheated out of the real thing.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I think with Beyonce, it just comes with the territory. The thing about her is that she is wildly successful and so… perfect-seeming (always looks flawless, has a scandal free personal life, industry people call her “sweet and nice” all the time), that it invites a kind of extra scrutiny. Anybody with her level of fame gets it but with her it will be even more intense. She almost doesn’t seem like a real person, something about her seems remote and engineered. I feel like the hunt for the BIG HUMANIZING FLAW or the DEFINING SCANDAL is always on when it comes to Beyonce. LOL. So far we have “song stealer” and “stupid” but nothing really sticks to her.

    But as always, she (and the chatter she generates) sure is entertaining.

  • mjsbigblog

    Off the top of my head, both Jordin Sparks and Jennifer Hudson lip-synced their Super Bowl National Anthems.

    I see nothing wrong with it either. But any critique of such a performance SHOULD be done within the context of whether it was sung live or not. Revealing the man behind the curtain so to speak, is not only not a bad thing, but necessary.

    When you stop to consider how carefully crafted Beyonce’s image is, it’s not a surprise that she would choose to lip sync. She probably will next week too when she hits the super bowl.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    To anyone’s knowledge, have any of the Idols ever lip-synced a performance?

    As I recollect, there may have been at least one season of Idol where there was talk of Idols having to lip-sync through some group performances. I don’t remember when or which songs, but that certainly wasn’t their choice and probably was something the show required. I don’t recall any of them lip-syncing for their own performances, either on or off the show.

  • JPA5JPA5

    If you can’t sing live, don’t perform… Plain and simple. I’d have to watch it again to see Beyonce.. I didn’t find it obvious yesterday. I almost think lipsynching could be worse (see Ashlee Simpson)

    So what exactly did B do? Does she just mouth every thing? Is it just low level singing to keep her on track . I’m not sure. I did notice she toil an ear piece out half way thru. Just all confused

  • bridgette12

    I would be all of up in arms if Beyonce was the first to ever do that, but she’s not. I wasn’t wowed by either Beyonce or Kelly, good job but as every other performance of those two songs, it’s been song better. I complained about J-Hud performance on inaugural night, but I have heard her do the same two songs Beyonce and Kelly and did it much better.   

  • usedtobelucy

    ” I see nothing wrong with it either. But any critique of such a
    performance SHOULD be done within the context of whether it was sung
    live or not. Revealing the man behind the curtain so to speak, is not
    only not a bad thing, but necessary.”

    Bears repeating. Singing recorded and singing live are two different animals and should be described as such. Great — and crummy — performances are possible in both modes.

  • Tera2

    Beyonce is one of my favorite singers and I’m a fan of Kelly, and Jennifer Hudson too.  They are talented singers and I have said in the other threads that they all did well at the inauguration.  I think it’s appropriate Beyonce didn’t sing national Anthem live -  it has the type of dynamic that’s harder on vocals and more up and down tempo in its delivery than the song Kelly sang.  Also most people tend to forget the lyrics of the Anthem, and its too important an occasion to be trying to sing it live and then mess up words.  Beyonce is a pro and a perfectionist and won’t take a chance on that happening at president Obama’s inauguration.

     I’m sure Kelly and Jennifer know that Beyonce is a great singer live or not live.   She’s not a power singer with big voice like those two and her voice and vocals is more on the pretty delivery, but she’s a diva singer too.   I have a few concert DVD’s of Beyonce and you can see her singing live behind the scene sometimes and she’s solid.  Beyonce is a talented global superstar with a lovely voice, who sings and dance well and write her songs too.

  • http://twitter.com/Stooch101 Stooch

    Can’t mess with the image, I guess she couldn’t pull it off that way without the studio’s help.  But that’s the way music is going now a days, even saw a science show where the showed an auto-tune electric guitar.  RIP music now any schmuck with no talent can think he’s Jimmy Hendrix :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    P!NK, does not lip synch!
    Knowing B lip synched tarnishes the performance, for me. I spent a whole day thinking Beyonce sounded better than Kelly! :(
    And the dramatics with the ear piece! Give me a break!! 

  • Tess

    I don’t have a horse in this old race but I, too, don’t get all the jeewillipers about Beyonce.  I always think of her as adequate but no more than that.  Personally she didn’t do it at all for me in DreamGirls, nor even in Gold Member.  I always feel there is something lacking in her, but then not having an education and being pretty “dumb” shows up for me.  Her saving grace is she does know how to keep her mouth shut and not show us continually that there isn’t a whole lot upstairs.  She’s lucky she had her Dad and is now pretty damn lucky to have JayZ.  I don’t think she could survive on her own.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    So true!  She’s one of the few pop artists who hasn’t had a big scandal.  There has been talk of Destiny’s Child being started just to launch her solo career, that she takes credit for writing songs that she didn’t, Jay does her thinking for her now, etc.  That’s par for the course, though.  Nothing too bad about that.  People try to project so much on her Barbie-like image, and nothing sticks! LOL!

    Gotta give her credit, though. Whatever she’s doing works.

  • bridgette12

    Beyonce is not the smartest person in the world, but she’s surrounded with people who are smart and they have groomed her into being a true “Superstar”. She sing, do movies(bad actress), in every magazine, perfume, clothes and many other things that has made her mega rich. She’s not the most articulate person but when you have her looks and can sing like her, she has nothing to worry about. 

  • http://twitter.com/annmgee Ann Gardner

    She is a professional singer, she should be able to sing the NA live. Just don’t screw up. James and Kelly sang live and sounded great. 

  • seashellz51

    Personally, Im disappointed that Bey lip-synced the NA. Especially since Kelly sung live. So, its not like she couldnt have done it. She could have and chose not to. Maybe the best acting she’s done is throwing out her ear-piece before the high notes.  For me, I applaud live singing. And yes, I fully expect the Super Bowl to be lip-synced as well. Regardless, Im sure it wont hurt her career.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Beyonce lip synched the NA? lmao! I still think that it was really beautiful, but I have to say that it’s gone down a level because she didn’t sing it live. Nice touch with the earpieces. lol

    I’m just going to say that Kelly has guts and integrity to sing live in a such pressure-filled situation under weather conditions that were hardly good. I really admire her. 

  • halo9125

    Did anybody seriously think she was singing live? I called this 30 seconds after she finished the anthem. It was just too perfect and unwavering to be anything BUT pre-recorded. And the tossing of her in-ear was just a tad to dramatic to be real lol.

    Having said that- Kelly did an incredible, more authentic performance BECAUSE it was live, and I would have hoped that Beyonce was capable of doing the same. Oh well.

  • jpfan2

    I had to look this up but in the past only opera singers were asked to sing the NA. Obama broke with tradition and picked Aretha (who could sing opera). I’m not really a fan of Pop singers doing the honors at this type of event. It’s a little cheesy. JMHO. Even Kelly who I like alot seemed a little out of place and Beyonce didn’t even sing live.

    I kind of hope they go back to using opera singers instead of pop singers in 2016.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol They are covering the Beyonce lip sync on CNN, and making a real thing out of it. The only “official” statement was made by the rep for the Marine Band. Beyonce’s people have not commented. They are reporting that the reason for using the tape is that Beyonce didn’t have enough rehearsal time. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I had to look this up but in the past only opera singers were asked to sing the NA. Obama broke with tradition and picked Aretha (who could sing opera).”

    That is incorrect. For Obama’s first inauguration, the United States Sea Chanters Chorus sang the NA.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuWkIlXWYYg

    Aretha sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at Obama’s first inauguration.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsNHhJTZAM0

  • iani

    She is a professional singer, she should be able to sing the NA live. Just don’t screw up.

    And for that “screw up” they needed the absolute zero chance of some bad luck. Parts of inauguration were shown all over the wold and I’m pretty sure they showed Beyonce singing the NA few seconds as well JH for the presidential couple’s first dance, I don’t think KC or JT got so many coverages even for some seconds.

  • bridgette12

    Kelly and Beyonce performances was good, just not as good as some of the past inaugural performances. I wouldn’t certainly complain if they went back to opera singers performing at events like this.  

  • DaisyMagnolia

     Everyone’s voice, tolerance to cold, and nerves are different.  It
    doesn’t take away that Beyonce is a good singer and entertainer.  Would we rather have screech her way through the NA if the cold impacted her too much? Then we really would have had something to talk about!

    Can’t
    believe I’m defending a multimillionaire this much, LOL!  But to me, it
    doesn’t take anything away from her or knock her down the pop star
    ladder.

  • DaisyMagnolia

     Well, give her credit for following directions, LOL!  A lot of pop stars who have everything put in front of them can’t even do that.

  • wycheb

    why would someone who is such a great performer and singer have to lip sync? i would much rather hear a performer sing live with the possibilty of a few flaws than someone who doesnt have the guts to take a chance.

  • Larc

    At least for occasions such as this, I think only singers who can sing the NA as it should be sung without any need for artificial “crutches” should be chosen.  If they can’t deliver a first class performance live, don’t choose them.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    If she managed to profit by charging neighbors for her performances when she was five, she might as well have lip-synced her very first cry.
    Many years of practice make perfectly unnoticeable!
    ;)
    Still love her though.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I think it’s important, for an occasion such as this, that the NA be pristine. I don’t have a problem with her lip syncing at all.

  • kmd23

    Beyonce should have sang it live or just not bothered. There is no excuse. If Kelly can sing the NA live along with other Idols then why can’t she? I thought it looked like Beyonce was lip syncing so I am not surprised.

  • bridgette12

    Whatever she’s doing, it works for her. She’s worth over $300,000,000 and it just keeps growing each year. 

  • RockiDreams

    Hilarious.  I remember hearing her sing a “normal”  song at the Oscars years ago and was amazed she had a good voice.  I can’t stand the stuff she puts out.  However, having heard her sing live on that show and do it well baffles me why she made that decision.  Her dramatics with the earpiece was a bit much in pretending to be singing live.  What makes that even funnier is all of the dumb news people thinking she was having technical problems with her ear piece and still  ”sang like a trooper.”  Too funny.

  • 1rollbounce2

    Oh nice Beyonce!  Not that it matters – she will still be beautiful and rich whether she lip syncs or not.  I kinda thought it was funny how she had on such an elegant black dress for the day time occassion but add all the mechanical moves from her Dreamgirls experience = ROF FUNNY!!!!

    It’s irritating for me because I worship Kelly for one.  And two, I read on some blog yesterday how it appeared Kelly was “reading” the words as though that were against some unpublished 11th commandment.

  • jpfan2

    So if Aretha didn’t do the NA then Beyonce is the first Pop singer to do it.
    And she’s probably the first person in American history to not do it live!

    Please no more Pop singers for the NA.

  • stargazed

    Unbelievable that she couldn’t sing the Anthem live.  Why in the world show up?  Find someone who is able to sing live, warts and all.  I hate the attempt at deception.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I don’t think I would’ve cared if Beyonce had to have a teleprompter or cards to read in order to get all the words right. She wasn’t asked to be a part of the festivities for her excellent memory but for her singing ability. If people are being asked to sing at these big, prestigious, live events they ought to be able to do just that, whether pristine or not. After all, it wasn’t like every part of that ceremony was pristine, including the speeches and the oaths.

  • wycheb

    and what is it that made this have to be a pristine performance, humans are humans and nothing we do will ever be pristine. we just do the best we can. she didnt do that, she faked it.

  • RustySax

    Just goes to show you who’s the pro and who’s the poser. . . 

  • durbesque

     I have hardly seen Bey except in ‘Dreamgirls’.  I was very impressed with her NA, and assumed it was live.  If Obama can read all his speeches, written by hired hands, from a teleprompter, a popsinger can fake a song about bombs bursting in air. 

  • 1rollbounce2

     So, in that picture ^^^^ what’s Kelly sayin’? 

    Ohhhhh, you got to lipsync???????!!!!!

  • Jordana33

    Her saving grace is she does know how to keep her mouth shut and not show us continually that there isn’t a whole lot upstairs. She’s lucky she had her Dad and is now pretty damn lucky to have JayZ.  I don’t think she could survive on her own.

    I think there’s a lot more to Beyonce than knowing when to keep her mouth shut, or relying on Jay Z or her Dad. I don’t know why she chose to lip synch and I wish she hadn’t. It’s kind of an odd, given that she sings live all the time and tends to be a fearless performer.  But whether or not she lip-synched at this event, I still think that she’s one of the most all-round talented and hardworking females in the music industry and she deserves every amount of credit for her success. 

    People constantly downplay artists like Beyonce and Madonna for not being amazing singers (although Beyonce is actually a very good singer) and ignore how accomplished they are as performers, dancers, choreographers and trendsetters. So kudos to Kelly for singing live, but good artists come in all forms. No one is faulting Kelly for not being able to do everything that Beyonce can do, so I’m not going to fault Beyonce for not being Kelly.

  • SullyD

     I think Bey have done enough to be consider a great singer regardless of this “lip sync” incident (tho the earpiece part was indeed hilarious now that we know she wasn’t singing live).
    So I still appreciate Beyonce as a singer, but as someone has said, this made me like Kelly even more.

  • iani

     It’s true but there are other factors than forgetting the words, as vocal abilities in cold weather, or maybe some fog choices… I’m pretty sure in order to have any bad luck and transform in front of the wold’s eyes the presidential-inauguration into “did you see/hear Beyonce’s bad rendition of the NA” they chose the lip-synced one; you never know from where the bad incident comes and NA is a big deal especially for this event, the  wold’s “mouth” is the same.

  • SullyD

     Exactly. Not every singer can dance on those super high-heels and sing on key like Beyonce does. I can barely walk on high heels gracefully, let alone dance and sing the heck out of any tune.
    I can’t give her kudos enough for this.

  • iani

    Exactly. Not every singer can dance on those super high-heels and sing
    on key like Beyonce does. I can barely walk on high heels gracefully,
    let alone dance and sing the heck out of any tune.

    Ah, she practices for years, not like yesterday the high heel-shoe walking, she’s over 30 now,and she pays good amount on Jay-Z’s bills for same safe ones, not really on AI limited weekly budget, geezy! She has insured maybe every part of her body!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree, but because Beyonce is such a great all-round entertainer and impresses the heck out of me by singing live so well while dancing, I think that’s why I was more disappointed in her, rather than say singers who aren’t great singers who I would more expect to lip sync under these circumstances (eg. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, etc).

  • Jordana33

    and what is it that made this have to be a pristine performance, humans are humans and nothing we do will ever be pristine. we just do the best we can. she didnt do that, she faked it.

    I agree, but I remember last year how everyone made a huge deal about how awful Christina Aguilera’s performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl, I think (and her performance wasn’t that bad), so unfortunately, the public does expect artists like Beyonce and Xtina to be perfect in those situations. BTW, I’ve heard that a lot of artists lip-synch the national anthem at major events; supposedly it’s one of the hardest songs to sing. Personally, I’d still rather they sang live, but I’m not the one under pressure! 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They are reporting about the lip syncing again on CNN, but they are framing it as a “did she or didn’t she” lip sync. Only the Marine Band rep has confirmed the lip syncing, and Beyonce’s people and inauguration officials are being “tight lipped”. Now, the Marine Corp has issued a statement that appears to back off the original statement that Beyonce lip synced:

    A spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band said early Tuesday that Beyoncé only pretended to sing, lip-syncing the words to a backing track. What the listeners heard was a version she had recorded at a Marine Corps studio in Washington on Sunday night, the spokeswoman, Master Sgt. Kristin duBois said.
    But by Tuesday afternoon, the Marine Corp had backed off Sgt. duBois’s statement, saying while the band had not played live, neither Sgt. duBois nor anyone else in the Marine Band was in a position to know if Beyoncé had sung the anthem live or not. Capt. Gregory A. Wolf, a Marine Corps spokesman, said the corps had determined that a live performance of the anthem was ill advised because its members had little time to rehearse with the singer.

    http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/22/marine-band-confirms-beyonce-inauguration-performance-was-pre-recorded/

    So, the Marine Corps is now leaving poor Sgt. duBois to hang in the wind? lol

  • SullyD

    Oh, I agree with this. I think that would be better a “so so” live performance than an amazing lip-synced one.
    I do understand why she was nervous, tho. After all, it was a presidential cerimony (again: Kelly, you rock!).

  • durbesque

    Bey should have done an interpretive dance while she was sinking.  Then nobody would have noticed that she wasn’t singing.  JLo could have done it.

  • chillj

    Tough song, and singing in the cold is wicked.  Noses run, throats dry out.  Not problem for me.  Don’t blame her at all.

  • ptslittlecomment

    I don’t think I would have cared at all, well maybe I would have been a little disappointed because I champion live-at-all-costs singers such as Pink and -apparently – Kelly, but the moment that Beyonce ripped her ear bud out does make it seem that the whole thing was a little disingenuous. Yesterday, I thought is was a little desperate gesture for something singers do all the time. Today I think it was overacting.

  • ptslittlecomment

    No, I read it as Beyonce saying “Come on girl, you got to lip sync! Everybody’s doing it these days” to which Kelly replies, which wildly gesturing, ”Uh Uh, no way. Not going to do it”!

  • Incipit

    They are reporting about the lip syncing again on CNN,

    Slow news day? Heh. Poor Sgt. duBois indeed.

    First time I ran into this being given prominence as a news item, back in 2008, when Beyonce was singing an “Ave Maria” version for the Rockefeller Tree Lighting, lip synched, and DC was singing two songs, not lip synched…the commentators were remarking on how few of the artists who were there for the occasion actually will sing live in the early December cold. I was completely surprised it was “news worthy” then, now I’m not surprised when people remark about it for every sort of occasion.

    My preference may be for live performances, but I’m not the one doing the singing, so until I am – - that renders my preference kind of extraneous. IMO.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/US4URWX7XXH6H3TYTAWHC7UV64 CM

    How many other performers were not picked because somebody thought Beyonce would be better? The whole ear piece move is the killer, she played it up and added pure drama. Oh, I forgot the hand movement — had she just faked sang and not added the dramatics, it would have been whatever. But she added the acting and drama. I know she’s a good performer but give me a break, it’s one song and isn’t going to perform on another event until next month. It’s not like she has anything else to do. She had one job, one — sing the national anthem. They should have had John Mayer get up with his guitar and play it instead. I like Beyonce and don’t want to diminish anything about her talent but do not take a job if you can’t fulfill the duty. She sang the song with DC, it’s not new.

  • tibitibis

    I was sure she was performing LIVE (especially when the hear piece moment lol) , i have not doubts she has a great voice , and can perform live, but YES i found this a little disappointing , this is an Presidential Inauguration , not a big Sport Event :/ and bother me a little too that all over the news was her performance the one receiving the attention and admiration …..while the other too real LIVE singers were barely mentioned and showed . Sorry i find not justification :|

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The director of the Marine Band, Col. Michael J. Colburn, who confirmed that Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem retracts his statement.”

    Col. Colburn wasn’t the one who confirmed the lip syncing. That was Sgt. DuBois:

    U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said early Tuesday that “we know why the decision was made,” adding that the pop star “did not actually sing,” but instead lip-synched her own voice.

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/22/u-s-marine-band-beyonce-did-not-actually-sing-during-inaugural/

  • bridgette12

    She’s gettting the most attention and admiration because she’s the biggest star.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    This is much ado about nothing.  Like every media outlet talking about Michelle’s eye roll….”allegedly” eye roll….or Michelle’s dress….it’s a slow news day except for the Texas Shooting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    “J-Hud, who choose the wrong song to sing.”

    ^^ You DO know that that song is the President’s FAVORITE SONG?  Don’t you. And you DO KNOW THAT JHUD is the President’s FAVORITE SINGER; don’t you?

  • potatorocks

    I guess with Te’o being duped by a fake, and Lance Armstrong being a fake, we’ve had enough fakeness for one week.   

  • Miz

    It’s disappointing if Beyonce didn’t sing live. What I got from the person who was interviewed was that she didn’t know if she did or didn’t, just that the band was directed to not play live at the last minute.

    The ear piece thing doesn’t bother me. She may have been having trouble hearing the backing track to synch properly. It sounded good and in the end, I suppose that’s all that matters.

    Kelly, of course, was awesome.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, but the fact that Beyonce’s reps didn’t immediately say that she sang live (like Kelly and James’ reps responded) pretty much confirms that she did lip sync. Her reps still haven’t said a word. lol

  • Chris

    I agree.  The only time lip syncing bothered me was Milli Vanilli or when C&C Music Factory in “Everybody Dance Now” tried to pass off the skinny, model looking chick but with Martha Wash’s voice (we knew something seemed fishy!)

    We know B can sing, Kelly can sing, J Hud can sing.  Every performance won’t be live.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    The reason there was little time to rehearse is because Beyonce did not show up at the planned rehearsal time Saturday or Sunday.  She showed up late on Sunday.  She didn’t take preparations for this event seriously. 

    Having praise heaped upon her for her faked lived performance is better than she deserves.  Why have anyone sing live, ever, if it makes no difference? Why not have opera singers fake it.  Have orchestras fake it too.  Have choirs fake it.  Have Broadway fake it.  And let’s get AI, The Voice and XFUS to start giving us the best pretty lip-syncers instead of people who have the guts and integrity to sing live.

    Of course it makes a difference when you fake it. You don’t have to prove you have nerves of steel on a big stage to get the words right and hit the notes.  You don’t have to prove you have the professionalism to deliver when circumstances test your true abilities. You can just concentrate on ripping out your in-ear and dramatically waving your arms.  Flash that smile and toss that weave.

    Others sang live under the same circumstances (last inauguration and this one) and delivered the goods, so the lame excuses for Beyonce are…well…lame.

  • Chris

    “i would much rather hear a performer sing live with the possibilty of a few flaws than someone who doesnt have the guts to take a chance.”

    How many people have been blasted for screwing up live?  Here in Idol land alone (I won’t name names, but we know who they are) have been dragged through the mud for even a blip during a live performance.  Its easier to say “we prefer live with flaws” than for someone to actually have flaws.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Now CNN has interviewed two “experts” about the “alleged” lip syncing, a vocal coach from musical theater and someone from the LA times. They both think that Beyonce didn’t lip sync.

    The spinning continues …. by tomorrow morning, the story will have been completed discounted and Beyonce didn’t have to say a word. lol An poor Kristin DuBois will probably be busted from Master Sgt. to a Private. 

  • guinness 416

     

    Did anybody seriously think she was singing live? I called this 30 seconds after she finished the anthem

    All the monday morning quarterbacks are out now, but I think it’s clear from the thread here and twitter at the time etc that pretty much everyone thought it was live.  She sure did a good job of it anyway!  What I don’t get is, from a risk management perspective, isn’t it worse to lip-synch and be caught than to underperform on the day? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    “Yeah, but the fact that Beyonce’s reps didn’t immediately say that she
    sang live (like Kelly and James’ reps responded) pretty much confirms
    that she did lip sync. Her reps still haven’t said a word. lol ”

    Exactly.  Poor DuBois will probably be court-martialed for telling us the truth. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    How many people have been blasted for screwing up live?  Here in Idol
    land alone (I won’t name names, but we know who they are) have been
    dragged through the mud for even a blip during a live performance.  Its
    easier to say “we prefer live with flaws” than for someone to actually
    have flaws.

    Heh. Ironic, huh? In order to avoid getting bad press for not hitting it out of the park live, she lip syncs and is getting some grief, or at least, not stellar press for lip-syncing. Why not do it live and take the chance that you’ll actually do quite well, like Kelly? Beyonce is highly paid, greatly admired, gets praise and awards for her singing, why not live up to those accolades when it really matters … especially when you’re a singer who is honored to be invited for your singing prowess?

  • Jordana33

    The reason there was little time to rehearse is because Beyonce did not show up at the planned rehearsal time Saturday or Sunday.  She showed up late on Sunday.  She didn’t take preparations for this event seriously.

    I can’t see Beyonce not taking anything seriously, much less an inauguration. She’s kind of a perfectionist, I think. Supposedly her busy schedule didn’t give her the chance to practice enough with the band and they decided at the last minute to use a pre-recorded track of the band playing, for whatever reason. Therefore, the only thing confirmed with certainty was that the band was fake-playing. People nearby said that she was definitely singing. The only thing that hasn’t been determined is whether or not her live vocals or her pre-recorded vocals were actually being amplified.  At this point, I don’t really care anymore. Given her solid track record with live performances, I’m going to assume that her reasons were valid. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    All I’m learning from this is, Beyonce has fabulous PR people while our military bands and its members do not. LOL!

    An poor Kristin DuBois will probably be busted from Master Sgt. to a Private.

    They’ll probably have the poor woman out there publicly apologizing and saying that of course Beyonce sang live and didn’t lip-sync at all … and oh! Don’t pay attention to the man behind the curtain!

  • teacup

    LOL. That’s what she gets for her totally classless behavior during the election. Just desserts. Oh and I thought Kelly’s LIVE performance was better than Beyonce’s recorded one anyway. 

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

    I don’t really get what’s the big deal that Beyonce lip sync. This was a major event and the NA is a very hard song to sing live so I don’t blame her for wanting to make sure this once in a lifetime event went perfect. It’s not like the woman can’t sing live. I’ve seen both Kelly and Beyonce live and Kelly is a great singer but Beyonce is an all around great performer. Beyonce gives you every single penny worth spending. She’s amazing. There is no denying she can sing live. This all much ado about nothing. Beyonce is still Queen B!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    I think being prepared to sing the NA at the President’s Inauguration should qualify as part of her busy schedule.  What more important thing did she have to do other than plan for the Superbowl, which she has plenty of time to practice for.

    Showing up on Sunday night (blowing off the planned rehearsal time) for the performance on Monday morning does not sound like someone who took it very seriously to me or concerned herself with other peoples schedules and obligations.

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

    I’m a fan of Kelly but I didn’t think this particular performance of hers was all that amazing neither. There were some shrill parts there for me. Now Jennifer Hudson who I also like I wanted to throw my remote at the TV because she kept yelling at me. It was not good.

  • mjsbigblog

    If Beyonce’s people play this controversy in a way that allows people to believe that she sang live when she didn’t…I will lose a TON of respect for her.

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

    If Beyonce let’s her people believe that she sang live than that would be a lie. Own up to the lip syncing because it’s really not a big deal. Beyonce has a reputation of being a great live performer. This isn’t going to change anything. She still rules.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    The fact that James Taylor sang live and Kelly Clarkson sang live means that Beyonce could’ve sung live too. It wasn’t that cold. I was out there standing in it and it wasn’t as cold as 2009. I don’t know. I’m an American, and this is a very, very important occasion. It’s not the Superbowl, which is utterly unimportant in comparison. I want you to sing live if every other singer could do it and survive  with their precious public image intact. 

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    yeah for Kelly and  boo for Beyonce.

    If you are a singer and you are being paid to sing live, you better be able to sing live.

    No excuse cuts it for me. 

  • wycheb

    they should have let james taylor sing it. it would have been an honest,pure performance. just listen to sweet baby james (most of yall may not know what i am talking about.) it might not have had all the overkill that most newer singers put in , but it would have been simple and beautiful.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but no one was paid to be part of the inaugaration.  Considering that Beyonce and JT are big supporters of President Obama, as well as being fans of theirs, explains their presence on the dais.

  • wycheb

    there has been only one idol winner that i have ever listened to and he has been crucified on this site. i love his music even with mistakes. that is my point it takes guts to go out and be that vulnerable and i will admire that every time over someone who has the ability and backing that beyonce has and takes the less challenging route.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    They don’t have to play anything, best I can tell.  The media and public are doing it for her.  She’ll come out of this with barely a scratch, without saying a word.

    Ultimately, it’s much ado about nothing.  The only reason it’s getting this much attention is because it’s the middle of the week.  Slow time for big news stories.  As soon as the next media-driven controversy comes along–I’ll give it 2-3 days–the inaugaration will be forgotten.  So it goes, as they say.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    They don’t have to play anything, best I can tell.  The media and public
    are doing it for her.  She’ll come out of this with barely a scratch,
    without saying a word.

    It’s because she and her husband have all the money and the connections, and the President and First Lady are appreciative, so they will be nice about it (as they should be because they are gracious). But, I won’t be, on their behalf. I find this silly need to preserve your stupid reputation to be far, far beneath the occasion.

  • standtotheright

    I find this silly need to preserve your stupid reputation to be far, far beneath the occasion.

    Yeah, like Perlman and Ma were just about preserving their reputation and totally undermined 2009. Or, you know, not.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BTBLQCZR7Y7LHV5BFYKYW5UQ6Q Aden

    Yes, Kelly Clarkson, REPRESENT “American Idol – I love this cheesy show”!

    Maybe radios now can take Idol Alums seriously and start playing their singles!

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I am not commenting on the last inauguration which was colder and Perlman and Yo Yo weren’t about singing. They were about their instruments. I take my evidence by the fact that I was there, it wasn’t as cold as 2009 and the other singers sang. Why is that a problem? Who else could have been invited who might have sung? That’s the question.

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

    Oh Sassycatz, how wonderful that you were able to attend both ceremonies!  I agree Bey should have sang live, even with some flaws.  If she had a throat infection, that’s a different story.  Yes, get a singer that will deliver.

    Showing up on Sunday night (blowing off the planned rehearsal time) for the performance on Monday morning does not sound like someone who took it very seriously to me or concerned herself with other peoples schedules and obligations.

    She had plenty of time to fit this into her schedule.  What really irks me is her people requested the Marine Band not perform live.  They always perform live and this was an unusual request.  I have lost a bit of respect for Beyonce even though I believe she is a good entertainer.  Maybe she just needs more practice with the NA?

    Gotta love Kelly Carson!

  • standtotheright

    They were about their instruments. I take my evidence by the fact that I
    was there, it wasn’t as cold as 2009 and the other singers sang.

    So what? Different instruments are more sensitive to cold than others. Some members of the Marine Corps Band played in 2009, too. Different singers are more sensitive to cold than others. There’s no difference to me between those situations. Except that the NA is more difficult and more prone to judgment from the audience hearing it.

    And we still don’t know that she actually lip-synched. They may be making a calculation that denying it extends the story cycle.

    I just don’t see why she should apologize or have been replaced either way.

  • jsnj

    She didn’t “lip sync” technically. She sang it over the pre-recorded version. You can clearly hear the 2 voices on the Wallstreet Journal’s feed of the performance in the link below. What I find interesting is that she had to sing it exactly how she recorded it. Any slight difference or phrasing would’ve made it obvious there was a track. That’s also pretty risky.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tCNth-N9Z0

  • bridgette12

    She has no need to apologize. When it comes to these type of events, they have a recorded version anyway, just in case the singer can’t or don’t want to sing live. She was chosen by the President and his wife to perform this song. They already know she can sing because she has performed for them before. She’s going to be doing the half time show this weeked at the Superbowl, noone is going to be caring about anything else. 

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    If you’re getting paid thousands to sing this song at the inauguration you could at least DO YOUR JOB and sing it live. It’s essentially cheating. Yes its her voice but its like me taking a test in school and using my OWN WRITTEN NOTES as a guide during the test. Maybe I’m just bitter cuz I don’t got a Beyonce booty. 

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

    2009:

    “No sooner had the Academy Awards ended Sunday night than speculation began bubbling that Beyoncé had lip-synched to a pre-recorded track during a tribute to movie musicals on the program. 

    …While Jackman’s breathing and laughter could be heard at times during the performance and he appeared to be singing live (as did the rest of the cast), Beyoncé’s vocals seemed to be mimed.”
    (MTV)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    If she thinks lip-synching is acceptable then she should own it.

    No need to apologize.  Just tell the truth.  Don’t let people cover for you.  Don’t pretend you sang live and let people compare a safe studio recording to people who put it all on the line and actually did sing live.

    Don’t take credit and praise for something you didn’t do.  

  • bridgette12

    I don’t care if Beyonce or Kelly song live or not, because neither would have been my first choice to do either song. Yes, I am bitter also, because I wish I had part of that 80 million dollars she made had last year. 

  • Heidijoy

    Don’t think Aretha sand it Live last time either.  Seems it was because it was so Cold. 

    I would prefer it Live with the Orchestra or Accapella.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    Yes, Aretha did sing it live.  She’s discussed it in interviews.

  • sjames08

    this wouldn’t be the first time. she’s been miming some of her performances in the past. but considering it’s her first huge performance after a year of not singing, i would lip sync too. after awhile of not singing, you wouldn’t be on top of your game. 

    two thumbs up for kelly. she’s used to the millions of viewers to sing live too ;)

  • Maya100

    It was below freezing in 2009. I just read about it.  The piano keys stuck to the piano and the cello strings froze off in seconds.  It wasn’t physically possible to play their instruments live in 2009.

    But there were two major singing performances on that day, according to comments I’ve seen elsewhere.  Aretha Franklin and Renee Fleming.  Both sang big songs and both sang live.  Franklin is elderly and Fleming is an opera singer, which makes her throat even more susceptible to cold.

    This year, it was 15 degrees warmer, and the other singers sang live.  So, why not Beyonce?

  • 1rollbounce2

    Kelly gettin’ overshadowed again!!!!!!  She can’t win! 

     BUT, all is good in the world as my other hero Jon Stewart just showed a clip of her along with praise.  And used the Meatloaf clip during Romeny’s run to say look what we coulda had.  hahahahaha

  • standtotheright

     It wasn’t physically possible to play rare, expensive instruments in 2009, and yet the Marine Corps Band still played some instruments live. Neither Franklin or Fleming performed the SSB; Fleming didn’t even sing live on Inauguration Day (she performed at the earlier concert with a different song). The SSB was performed by the Navy Sea Chanters chorus.

    *If* Knowles didn’t sing the SSB live it’s because she felt like she would do a better job with the track. Maybe she was sick. Maybe her water bottle was misplaced. Or maybe, as someone suggested, she was singing along with her backing track to fill out the sound.

    I just don’t think “other singers did it” is some kind of damning statement. Different people have different voices with different sensitivities, and audiences are going to be more conscientious of how the SSB is performed than the other songs performed by other singers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001114316913 Sam Whiskey

    What’s so great about Kelly is that she always seem to “feel” the lyrics. By the time she got to “Land where my fathers died” I was teary-eyed.

  • potatorocks

     The concern for YoYo Ma was that strings snap in very cold weather.   That would be a much bigger deal than hitting a wrong note here or there. 

    Beyonce did what was right for her but did they really expect that no one would find out?    Jon Stewart should be doing a piece on the Beyonce PR machine.  There is something  to be said about that.

  • Maya100

    There’s a big difference between strings and brass instruments in the cold.  

    But you missed my point. I’ve been reading that it was too cold or others didn’t sing live as excuses – but the facts are that every other singer in this and the last inauguration sang live.

    Franklin and Fleming didn’t perform the SSB, but they performed at the events in front of bigger crowds than were there this year and in much colder weather, televised live.  They both also were more susceptible to the cold – Franklin because of her age and Fleming because of her singing style. 

    Their songs also sounded very difficult to me- My County Tis of Thee and You’ll Never Walk Alone sound tough.  I couldn’t care less that Beyonce did or didn’t sing live.  I just think the excuses are silly.  If she didn’t because she was sick or whatever, then someone should just say so.  

  • standtotheright

     

    Franklin and Fleming didn’t perform the SSB, but they performed at the
    events in front of bigger crowds than were there this year and in much
    colder weather,

    YNWA is somewhat challenging, but Fleming’s performance was on January 18, which was a good 7-8 degrees warmer than inauguration day that year. And while I have the utmost respect for Franklin and Clarkson, it is patently absurd to suggest that America (MCTOT) is nearly as difficult to sing as the SSB. The latter requires a wider range and more jumps between notes.

    And I don’t think those are excuses, for the record. I think it’s simply acknowledging that they were different situations and she’s within her rights to make different choices. I personally still think she was probably singing on mic but with the track behind her to fill it out. At which point this moves beyond “teacup” to “thimble” for the size of the tempest it deserves.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    You are higher than a kite if you think Beyonce can’t sing. If you don’t like her or her music that is fine, but she has one of the most powerful voices that has ever graced a person.

  • sdmama

    Wow, this was in the news in network TV, too. Which “gate” should we call it? 

    We accept that we put voice track later if it is a movie, for better sound. And I am a bit surprised by the level of interest in this matter. Is it an issue because it was SSB, or it was inauguration? 

    It seems to me that all she has to do is to admit, yes that was what it was, and I wanted to guarantee that it will sound the best so I sang over my recorded voice. Is it that bad?

    Remember, what you get in trouble is not the deed, but the cover-up and lying about it. So I hope she will tread carefully.  

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

    I still thoroughly enjoyed her Anthem, thought it was soaring and powerful and just as effective as Kelly’s song. This ‘story’ is enjoying the usual cycle in the media, it’ll die and peter out real soon, giving hits in its wake to internet gossip sites and such that need them… meanwhile she’s off and preparing for the Super Bowl and the next big thing… Just as all singers don’t always write the songs that make the whole world sing, all singers aren’t always singing ‘live’ when we think they are… *shrugs* That’s show business.

  • CB40

    NY Post has a main story on this today too. Wow.

    And GO KELLY for always doing it live.

  • bridgette12

    Beyonce possibly lip sync a song, she didn’t commit a crime. I don’t think she needs to call a press conference, confess her sin and then ask for our forgiveness. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “If Beyonce’s people play this controversy in a way that allows people to believe that she sang live when she didn’t…I will lose a TON of respect for her.”

    That’s exactly the way that I feel, MJ. It looks like that is the PR strategy that Beyonce/her people are taking, because they are keeping mum and the story is morphing into a muddled mess as the media and statements by others in the Marine Corps associated with the band are casting doubt on Sgt. DuBois’s original statement that Beyonce did, in fact, lip sync.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “If she thinks lip-synching is acceptable then she should own it.
    No need to apologize.  Just tell the truth.  Don’t let people cover for you.  Don’t pretend you sang live and let people compare a safe studio recording to people who put it all on the line and actually did sing live.
    Don’t take credit and praise for something you didn’t do.  ”
    Exactly. Just own it and move on. If Beyonce thinks that there were valid reasons for not singing live, then there’s no reason to apologize. Thing is, I do think that she knows that lip syncing wasn’t a good thing to do at an occasion like this, so that’s why she/her people haven’t responded to any requests for comments or statements. The reps for James and Kelly responded immediately to questions from the media as to whether they sang live (not that there were any doubts about this), so the silence of Beyonce/her people isn’t making the story go away.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Oh Sassycatz, how wonderful that you were able to attend both ceremonies!

    I’m sorry I wasn’t clear. (Poorly worded.) I went down to the Mall *this* year. I didn’t go four years ago, because it was too cold and too damn crowded. I meant to say, it was cold four years ago. It was warm enough for comfort this time, evidenced by the fact that I went down there and didn’t freeze my butt off. Plus others sang seemingly without problem, etc…. 

    I don’t think she didn’t sing because of the temperature. I’m guessing it was more about not having the rehearsal time.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Beyonce possibly lip sync a song, she didn’t commit a crime. I don’t think she needs to call a press conference, confess her sin and then ask for our forgiveness. ”

    Of course she doesn’t need to “call a press conference, confess her sin and then ask for our forgiveness”, but a simple statement would suffice.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Just as all singers don’t always write the songs that make the whole world sing, all singers aren’t always singing ‘live’ when we think they are… *shrugs* That’s show business.”

    I think that is a poor analogy, since there is no deception in singing a song written by others, but it can be viewed as an attempt at deception when a singer lip syncs.

    The morning newsmagazine program on CBS has the story coming up in the last part of the first hour, so thank goodness that other stories are considered more newsworthy. lol The promo blurb they are using is the “did she or didn’t she” POV, so it appears that the backtracking that was done by others associated with the Marine Band/Marine Corps is being effective (these backtracking statements are from higher ranking officers than poor Sgt. DuBois.)

  • kmd23

    All the major media outlets are picking up on this story. GMA is even discussing how it might effect her career. Beyonce and her people really need to be honest but they would rather protect her. Kelly deserves so much credit for singing live and Beyonce deserves the criticism for not doing that. She was also being dishonest about it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    They are giving a fair bit of attention to the Beyonce lip sync story on CBS. They showed a brief clip of Kelly (singing live, yay!), and showed Whitney’s NA and Yo Yo’s prerecorded performance. They also showed an example of lip syncing with a reporter miming a report that he precorded, and then he stopped moving his lips and the report continued. lol 

    Gail King is strongly defending Beyonce, as “much ado about nothing” (it was her voice regardless – which I think is missing the point, yada, yada), Charlie Rose pointed out that the lip syncing hasn’t been confirmed, and if she did, there might have been a reason, even though he pointed out that James Taylor sang live (in addition to the clip that they showed of Kelly singing live). 

  • Mateja Praznik

    Even Whitney Houston’s famous SSB Superbowl performance was lip-synced. At big events like this, many singers just don’t want to flub the anthem in front of the whole world.  Considering how some less than perfect NA performances were received in the past, I can’t blame Beyonce for playing it safe.

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

     It’s called ‘show business’ for a reason… I’m not fooled into believing that all, key word all,  these fantastic vocal performances from our faves and some of the icons we hear now or have heard in the past have been absolutely ‘live’… backing tracks and prerecorded vocals and substituted vocals ( a la Milli Vanilli) are another dirty little long time show business secret. Beyonce’s little episode isn’t the 1st or last  – hers just occurred on a much larger stage, with all the world literally watching. I really can’t see this as being anything that could affect her career – if that were so, practically no one in show business would have one, as ‘singing’ is no longer a requirement for being a singer.

    One thing this little kerfluffle does is bring spotlight on singers like Kelly and others who go against what I call ‘the norm’ in the business and sing with live vocals more often than not.   Idol has unfairly gotten some criticism for being cheesy and producing ‘manufactured singers’, but their ability to sing raw and live isn’t in doubt… that’s not to say there have not nor will there ever be instances when some of our beloved alum may be caught out there going along with the norm… just be careful where and when you decide to go with the flow.

  • CB40

    Let’s put it this way: Imagine if Kelly lip-synched? She would have been SKEWERED no matter what. Beyonce shouldn’t be taken off the hook just because she’s Beyonce. 

    Also ironic is now Beyonce has to contend with singing the NA at the Super Bowl, and, well, following in the footsteps of Kelly once again, who sang it LIVE at last year’s Super Bowl. I wonder what she’ll do. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The latest recap:

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57565248/beyonces-national-anthem-performance-was-it-lip-synced/

    Master Sgt. Kristin duBois earlier told news outlets that the band had been informed that Beyonce would be using a pre-recorded vocal track, but the Marine Band seemed to back off the suggestion that it was a straight lip-sync by Tuesday afternoon, saying in the statement that “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.”

    A source very familiar with the situation tells CBS News that Beyonce performed the national anthem live, but she pre-recorded a track of the song to sing over. The source said this is a standard performing practice.

    The source added that her microphone was on and her voice was audible and the pre-recorded track was for backup/safety purposes.

    The Marine Band also said that all inaugural music is pre-recorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances could interrupt the program.

    A representative for Beyonce did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Kelly Clarkson’s representative said she sang live to perform “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” A rep for James Taylor also confirmed he sang “America the Beautiful” live.

    The use of a recording is typical in big events. In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was questioned about “hand-syncing” for Obama’s first inauguration. Ma said instruments weren’t functioning properly in sub-freezing weather.

    Even in good conditions, producing good sound can be a challenge in a large open space.

    Some artists choose to lip-sync. Whitney Houston’s memorable performance of the national anthem in 1991 at the Super Bowl was sung to a track.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Let’s put it this way: Imagine if Kelly lip-synched? She would have been SKEWERED no matter what. Beyonce shouldn’t be taken off the hook just because she’s Beyonce.”

    I agree. Plus, I’ve read that the excuse for not having sufficient time to rehearse for the inauguration was because Beyonce was too busy preparing for her Superbowl performance. If this is true, I think that Beyonce doesn’t have a great sense of priorities and perspective.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “It’s called ‘show business’ for a reason… I’m not fooled into believing that all, key word all,  these fantastic vocal performances from our faves and some of the icons we hear now or have heard in the past have been absolutely ‘live’… backing tracks and prerecorded vocals and substituted vocals ( a la Milli Vanilli) are another dirty little long time show business secret. Beyonce’s little episode isn’t the 1st or last  – hers just occurred on a much larger stage, with all the world literally watching. I really can’t see this as being anything that could affect her career – if that were so, practically no one in show business would have one, as ‘singing’ is no longer a requirement for being a singer.”

    I’m not naive about “show business”, and agree with much of what you say, but IMO, singing at the inauguration of a President is an occasion where the “normal” SOP of “show business” doesn’t fly. It’s an historic occasion that transcends “show business”, and as such, should be regarded differently than standard “show business” kinds of appearances. Indeed, if Beyonce regarded singing the NA at Obama’s inauguration the same as any other typical “show business” appearances, then that says at lot about her own mindset and worldview. At any rate, Beyonce/her people not making any comment whatsoever about this incident is totally lame. If Beyonce regarded lip syncing as a perfectly acceptable choice in this situation, she needs to just own it. To me, her silence speaks volumes.  

  • Mateja Praznik

     Isn’t Beyonce doing the mid-game performance with Destiny’s Child? That will likely be lip-synced, too. Madonna lip-synced last year, for example.

  • durbesque

    That the mainstream media are picking up this story does not mean that it has any importance.  They are corporate/government controlled and grab any bit of trivia that comes along to fill their gaping timehole.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that performing at the Superbowl is in a different category than singing the NA at an historic occasion like the inauguration of a President.

  • SaSa8

    The public in generally is so demanding on these huge performances.  Would we rather hear it sung live with the possiblilities of an imperfect performance or would we rather have it prerecorded so the song is perfect?  Beyonce did not risk it and now she is feeling the consequences.  I don’t know if this has been posted, but this is an interesting article with Aretha Franklin’s perspective who sang the Natl Anthem at the last inauguration.  http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2013/01/23/aretha-franklin-beyonce-lip-sync-really-funny/1857909/

  • Tess

    Aretha didn’t sing the anthem and her performance of “My country” was live in 2009.

    I totally agree with people who say that some performances just should, by their nature, be live…though I completely agree that playing a cello in freezing weather would not be a smart idea.  Just don’t take the gig if you have any trepidation about putting yourself and your craft out there.  People are a lot more forgiving about a missed note then they are about being led to believe that perfection occurred on a cold day in an amazing spotlight.

    Not that I am a Beyonce supporter, but now I have no more respect for the woman as a “true” entertainer and she can just take a seat with all those others who are more worried about the impressions “they” leave than at the meaningfulness of the situation.

  • 1rollbounce2

    Gosh, I would feel terrible if Beyonce was boo’d for Super Bowl.  I saw the milion + viewed youtube of SSB Monday had it’s comments shut off. 

  • usedtobelucy

    As always, the coverup causes way more trouble than the (in this case, non)crime.

    If she’d just said, “I was nervous about the cold and wind and my nerves on this extremely important occasion and was committed to and loved the pre-recorded version that we did and wanted to ensure that I did it again perfectly for the president and the country, so I decided at the last minute to use the track,” things would be fine, seems to me.

    (well, maybe they wouldn’t, because a lot of people don’t seem to have anything better to do than to use up air and press time yapping about this non-event. … But I’m betting things would be better than they are now.)

    To me, Kelly and James T did lovely renditions, and they were live. And B did a lovely rendition, and it was recorded. Big whoop. She arguably did a harder song. And she’s a very different kind of performer, not the live-and-acoustic type that the other two are. All three performed nicely. Made for a lovely ceremony, music-wise. And then the unconvincing silence and so on happens and it makes what could have been nice just uncomfortable.

    Do what you do. Then own it. Seriously.

  • Jordana33

    Let’s put it this way: Imagine if Kelly lip-synched? She would have been SKEWERED no matter what. Beyonce shouldn’t be taken off the hook just because she’s Beyonce.

    Well, technically speaking, Beyonce IS being skewered even though people still have yet to determine whether or not she lip-synched. At this point, I’m still wondering why this is such a huge deal, given that she’s proven on many occasions that she can, and isn’t afraid to sing live. I suspect that practically every artist at some point has had to lip-synch at a live event, for some valid reason.

    Also, I like Kelly Clarkson, but I wouldn’t put her up on some pedestal just for singing live at her concerts. Singing is Kelly’s one and only main talent, so it would be extremely lame for her to lip-synch at any of her concerts, unless there was a valid issue.  She doesn’t dance or put on elaborate Lady-Gaga style productions and I don’t believe she plays an instrument. So when people pay to see her in concert, the singing most definitely needs to be real! 

    Also ironic is now Beyonce has to contend with singing the NA at the Super Bowl, and, well, following in the footsteps of Kelly once again, who sang it LIVE at last year’s Super Bowl. I wonder what she’ll do.

    I don’t know if people realize this, but Beyonce is actually the main half-time performer for the Super Bowl, not just the NA singer. It’s a huge deal that requires months of practice, and was probably the main reason she didn’t have as much time in her schedule to practice with the band. She also made the Super Bowl commitment way before Obama even won the elections.

  • Incipit

    “Let’s put it this way: Imagine if Kelly lip-synched? She would have been SKEWERED no matter what.

    Well, she would also be skewered because she is on record with this uncompromising stance, in January of 2010:

    >>@kelly_clarkson It’s official….the age of lip-sync is over. If P!nk can sing live, upside down, spinning/flying through the air then there are no excuses.

    AFAIK, Beyonce has never stated a position on lip synching, there are artists who will, and artists who won’t, circumstances can dictate a performance for some, for others, it is SOP at all performances. Over the years, it’s seldom been a secret, either way.

     I think, if it matters so much, then pick artists to support who follow your preference?

    JMO. Of Course.

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

     It’s all ‘show business’.

  • GinaBallerina

    “Also ironic is now Beyonce has to contend with singing the NA at the Super Bowl, and, well, following in the footsteps of Kelly once again, who sang it LIVE at last year’s Super Bowl. I wonder what she’ll do.”

    Actually, Beyonce is peforming the half-time show.  Alicia Keys is singing the National Anthem.

  • standtotheright

     

    ETA: So now, the story has morphed into Beyonce using a vocal track and singing live at the same time. lol

    I don’t think “morphed” so much as “returned to most likely explanation for what actually happened.”

    What Master Sgt. Dubois had said that in the first place? “Beyonce sang live over a track.” Would there be the same angst about it? I somehow doubt it.

    Even the uncompromising Pink used a backing vocal track for her live performance at the AMAs. People still thought it was a powerful performance.

    And that’s why she can’t “own it” now, because saying that is in fact going to continue the story and push the discussion of whether or not singing on mic over a vocal track “counts” for the SSB. I say it does. But for those who don’t, I still don’t think it would have been as big a deal if the master sargeant in question had framed it that way in the first place.

  • Tess

    If your mike is dead no one hears your “live” voice.  Once the band was asked to fake play their instruments the gig was up.  Beyonce and her team blew it, simple enough.  They were more worried about Beyonce screwing up then the significance of the song and the event.  I just think it sucks.

  • potatorocks

    Originally I thought this was a great lineup for the inauguration.  In retrospect, I think they should give the platform to lesser known but brilliant artists who could really use exposure.  Like obscure American Designers and little known poets, we should incorporate lesser known musical guests as well.

  • standtotheright

     

    If your mike is dead no one hears your “live” voice.

    Except the source said her mic was on and her voice was audible.

  • GinaBallerina

    So Beyonce’s a big fake.  The President is, too.  It was a very fake day.

  • Tess

    sorry can’t spell “mic”.  if her microphone was on and connected to the television feed we would of heard an echo and her synching would have been more apparent.  the deal still is that she asked the marine corp band to fake play their instruments, too, and I find that more than appaling. it was their time in the sunlight and she ruined it for many of them…I’m surprised that a lot more of them aren’t speaking out but I am sure their training and their allegiance is keeping them quiet.  It’s one thing to lip synch an acapella version but quite another to involve a band.  Once again, I find Beyonce disrespectful.

  • standtotheright

     

    sorry can’t spell “mic”.  if her microphone was on and connected to the
    television feed we would of heard an echo and her synching would have
    been more apparent.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tCNth-N9Z0

    It’s actually quite apparent in this feed.

    And I don’t feel sorry for the band or feel that they were disrespected. They served their country and performed throughout the day and also recorded the track that was used for that performance. Nobody is questioning their talent or commitment.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    So Beyonce’s a big fake.  The President is, too.  It was a very fake day.

    Huh? I would ask how so, but I’m afraid we’d hear about phony birth certificates or some such nonsense.

    Idol has unfairly gotten some criticism for being cheesy and
    producing ‘manufactured singers’, but their ability to sing raw and live isn’t
    in doubt…

    Which is enormously funny because, in my opinion, there is nothing manufactured about singing live and doing it well.

     

    Also ironic
    is now Beyonce has to contend with singing the NA at the Super Bowl, and, well,
    following in the footsteps of Kelly once again, who sang it LIVE at last year’s
    Super Bowl. I wonder what she’ll do.

    Funny enough, since Beyonce will no doubt have to put on “a show” at the Superbowl, including dancing around and trying to fill up a huge stage in the middle of a football field as opposed to “simply” standing at a podium at a ceremony and give a performance, I could understand the backing tracks and lip-syncing and all the other help one would need under the former circumstances. Sincerely.

  • sdmama

    Who decided we hold election in November and do inauguration in January?  We should move it to April for a better party/concert weather!  
    Maybe timing originally had something to do with people not busy with farming.  But things changed a bit since then. ;)  It is probably easier than changing the place to a warmer place, like Hollywood. 

  • Jordana33

    @kelly_clarkson It’s official….the age of lip-sync is over. If P!nk can sing live, upside down, spinning/flying through the air then there are no excuses.

    LOL. Only Kelly would be arrogant enough to judge other artists who are far more versatile than she is. Instead of pointing out the limitations of other talented artist, maybe Kelly should focus on expanding her own talents. After all, if Taylor Swift and Adele can play instruments and independently write their own hit songs, then Kelly really has no excuse for not being able to do the same.  I’m being sarcastic of course, but I really think that Kelly is completely delusional if she thinks that she’s a more authentic artist than most other pop-singers.I give huge kudos to Pink for being able to pull off  a one-woman singing flying trapeze act, but I don’t expect all pop-stars to share Pink’s strong background in competitive gymnastics.  Furthermore, Pink doesn’t have to sing and perform fast hip hop moves that require being in perfect synch with ten other dancers. She has a more contemporary style of dance consisting of slower and smoother movements. Maybe that lends itself to easier vocals?

  • waitingforthe1

    Have you ever seen pink in concert?  she dances, jumps, runs, etc.  and her voice is strong and clear. 

    If I pay for a concert I want to hear a live singer.  If I wanted to watch someone dance over recorded music I’d go to a dance recital. 

  • Incipit

    Jordanna, that statement from 2010 is not a debate opener on whether or not Kelly is correct. It’s just her opinion of lip synching, and I don’t actually care enough to parse it.

    That’s only posted as the reason why Kelly would be totally “skewered” if ever she were to lip synch…since she has been on record with that opinion for two years. Beyonce has not gone on record, to my knowledge.

    As I said, “ I think, if it matters so much, then pick artists to support who follow your preference?  JMO. Of Course.”

  • Montavilla

    Who decided we hold election in November and do inauguration in January?  We should move it to April for a better party/concert weather!  

    It doesn’t look like the Constitution specifies when (or even how) presidential votes are cast.  It’s done on the second Tuesday in November because that’s when the states normally hold elections.

    The date of the inauguration, however, is specified in the 20th Amendment.  That was enacted in 1933.  Prior to that, the Inauguration took place on March 4th.  The later date gave a new administration four months to prepare for the transition of power.  As travel was much slower, it meant the new president could arrange his personal affairs and get to Washington in time for the ceremony.

    According to Wiki, the date was changed because having a four-month “lame duck” period wasn’t helpful (to say the least) during a national crisis.  In 1933, that crisis would have been the Great Depression.  I suppose that in 1968, it would have been the civil unrest regarding the Vietnam war.  In 1980, there was a hostage crisis (that ended the day of the inauguration).  In 2008, it was the housing/banking collapse.

    Having to listen to a lipsynced National Anthem is a small price to pay for allowing a new administration to get to work in a timely manner. :)

  • Jordana33

    If I pay for a concert I want to hear a live singer.  If I wanted to watch someone dance over recorded music I’d go to a dance recital.

    For me it depends on the artist and what they’re doing. Two of the best concerts I’ve ever been to were Madonna and Coldplay. She lip-synched through the entire concert, whereas Chris Martin sang live and played about 4 different instruments. Both concerts were amazing for different reasons. One doesn’t lessen the appeal of the other, and I’ve attended enough dance recitals to know that they don’t have the same vibe as a Madonna or Beyonce concert. But to each her own. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    Beyonce wasn’t dancing at the Inauguration, unless that in-ear rip out really put her out of breath.  It was warmer than 2009.  Others did it live.  Both occasions.  In addition, vocal cords are different than exposed strings on intstruments.  Much easier to keep vocal cords warm.

    I think it just boils down to the fact that some can handle the pressure and others can’t.  You’ve either got the goods to do it live or you don’t.  

  • Tess

    I buy cds to hear someone’s recorded take on a song, I go to a concert to see if they can really sing.  I don’t care if someone isn’t perfect when I see them live, they can mess up bad and the banter when they do is often the highlight of the night.  Perfection is way, way over rated.  I like seeing humans being human, and if, doing some live, they nail it then I overly giddy with admiration.  Do I expect them to do it every time, hell no.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Having to listen to a lipsynced National Anthem is a small price to pay for allowing a new administration to get to work in a timely manner.

    Or for having a dignified ceremony that honors the event… 

    When this first came up, I was irked by the widespread “omg, Beyonce is so much better live than Clarkson!” if she wasn’t actually singing live, as I like fair evaluations of what actually happened. But (a) what actually happened turns out to be more nuanced than a simple “live versus lip-synch” situation and (b) I dunno that I want to hold the artist responsible for every ill-founded thing that fans and media say on the interwebs.

    It was a dignified performance, and if the people in charge of the inauguration had thought Beyonce’s approach to be disrespectful, they could have told her “no.”

  • siennalily

    Of course the morning shows have spoken and Beyonce is bullet proof as usual. The commentators salivated over her amazing performance when all the while she was lipping to a pre-recorded track. The studio can make anyone sound good and it is disrespectful to Kelly C. And James T. who put it all on the line with a live performance to act like it’s no big deal that Beyonce faked her way through the anthem. If she wasn’t up to the task she should have declined and someone else should have taken her spot.

  • GinaBallerina

    So Beyonce’s a big fake. The President is, too. It was a very fake day.

    Huh? I would ask how so, but I’m afraid we’d hear about phony birth certificates or some such nonsense.

    Lol, actually no, I’m not that concerned with his birth certificate.  I just think he’s less than genuine (and Beyonce, too, so appropriate that she sang for him).  I find him to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing and believe this will come out more and more in his second term.  IAnyway, I guess this isn’t really the appropriate place to discuss this.  I just couldn’t help but draw parallels.

  • potatorocks

    Beyonce is supposedly the 32nd most powerful woman in the world but I would move her right up to number one.   She has the US Military doing her bidding.

  • abbysee

    nvm

  • tucker davis

    I too noticed the morning shows were a virtual pr machine for Beyonce. Money talks!! If anyone at all tried to question the performance, they were quickly talked over…no mention of Kelly or James singing live (that I heard). Didn’t the morning shows used to be news-oriented? Now it seems they are just celebrity worshipping! These hosts are so afraid they are going to offend a celebrity. Even on ‘The View’ this morning, only one host (Sherri) criticized Snoop Dogg for talking about teaching kids the correct way to smoke weed. The rest of the hosts danced around trying hard not to criticize. Geez. 
    Why should Beyonce issue a statement. She’s getting days of press out of this by not speaking. And remember in this culture: there is no such thing as bad press!

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

    Beyonce sang over a backing track. That’s nothing new, even for the NA.
    She performed (with a backing track) a respectful rendition of the NA for the inauguration of a president, that she and her husband have both supported over the years.

    Beyonce is a pop star who has been dating or married to the same man for years and recently had her first baby with him. She isn’t getting DUIs, taking trips to rehab, beating her spouse, running around with other men, or threatening to kill fellow artists. She is a beautiful and classy woman, who is considered by those who would know to be extremely hard-working and dedicated to her music and fans.

    She isn’t getting much criticism from some of the media sites because she is the type of artist who has proven herself to be worthy of a certain level of respect. Also, since past artists such as Whitney Houston, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson have lip-synced at past events, many don’t care if Beyonce did the same. It’s not like Beyonce and the three I listed can’t sing!

  • heartly

    Kelly would absolutely be skewered if she lip synced.  That tweet you quoted earlier was just one of many things that she’s said over the years on the issue, that one was just more pointed. She’s always said that that’s not her thing, but it’s up to others if they do or not.

    Back in 2005, in a review of one of her concerts, the reviewer flat out accused her of lip syncing (report of the acqusation. The reviewer was mistaking the supplemental bgv tracks that they were using at that time (aren’t use anymore) as the lead vocal tracks. Kelly was asked about it right after in a few radio interviews and called the reviewer out saying that she won a singing competition and it would be stupid to lip sync. She’s stood by that statement through the years.  As far as I know, she has never lipped a performance.  Her band has had to mime a few, but she never has.

    It’s funny how Kelly has found herself in these situations over the years. These were pointed out by someone at a different place:
    2005 at the Orange Bowl where there were MAJOR technical difficulties where both her wireless mic and monitors went out and was then followed by the very public boo’ing of Ashlee Simpson.

    She was then on the next episode of SNL after the Ashlee debacle (remember when Ashlee was a thing?).

    Last year she got to follow Christina with the NA at the Super Bowl. 

    Anyway, this shouldn’t be a Beyonce v Kelly thing (looking at you TMZ) as one made a choice to do it one way for whatever reason and one made a very different choice.  It is frustrating however to see people in the media making excuses for the one way when two other people went out in the same circumstances and did it the other way, but we’ll just push that under the rug.  ;)

  • bridgette12

    Beyonce is just not a pop star, she’s a superstar married to another superstar  and that carries clout not only with those in the industry, but also with the media.

     Add Aretha Franklin to that lip sync group, she said in a interview this morning that she had done also. She certainly didn’t feel the need to apologize for it either.

  • Tess

    Who crowned either JayZ or Beyonce the King and Queen of super stardom. Actually since the unfortunate naming of their baby and their intent to trademark the name I think a lot of people are just classifying them as another spoiled rich couple without a lot of class.  

    Personally, neither of the two would even make my TOP 25 of “living breathing famous super stars”…might even be hardpressed to make the top 50.  Beyonce brings absolutely nothing to the table, for me.  She was mediocre to bad in her one main film role and was overshadowed by a newcomer and a perceived old has been.

    Beyonce does not walk on water….when she has the history of an Aretha and can lay claim to help change the face of music then she, too, can lip sync to her heart’s desire.

  • Montavilla

    I buy cds to hear someone’s recorded take on a song, I go to a concert to see if they can really sing.  I don’t care if someone isn’t perfect when I see them live, they can mess up bad and the banter when they do is often the highlight of the night.  Perfection is way, way over rated.  I like seeing humans being human, and if, doing some live, they nail it then I overly giddy with admiration.  Do I expect them to do it every time, hell no.

    You just reminded me of the time I saw Lily Tomlin do her one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.  At the very climax of the show, she (or the techies) missed an important cue.  She stopped the show, told the audience that she didn’t want us to miss the moment, then explained what was supposed to happen, while demonstrating it.  It was utterly charming and much more memorable than it would have been if the moment had gone perfectly.

  • Montavilla

    I buy cds to hear someone’s recorded take on a song, I go to a concert to see if they can really sing.  I don’t care if someone isn’t perfect when I see them live, they can mess up bad and the banter when they do is often the highlight of the night.  Perfection is way, way over rated.  I like seeing humans being human, and if, doing some live, they nail it then I overly giddy with admiration.  Do I expect them to do it every time, hell no.

    You just reminded me of the time I saw Lily Tomlin do her one-woman show, The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.  At the very climax of the show, she (or the techies) missed an important cue.  She stopped the show, told the audience that she didn’t want us to miss the moment, then explained what was supposed to happen, while demonstrating it.  It was utterly charming and much more memorable than it would have been if the moment had gone perfectly.

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

    No one said they are the King and Queen of super stardom. Where did you get that from? Beyonce is a superstar, though. She is well known throughout the world.

    No one said she walked on water or that she was going to change the face of music, either. The only person making these ridiculous claims and statements is you.

    Even if Beyonce wouldn’t make your Top 25, she would make that list with many others, including many in the media and the music industry.

  • tucker davis

    “Beyonce is a pop star who has been dating or married to the same man for years and recently had her first baby with him. She isn’t getting DUIs, taking trips to rehab, beating her spouse, running around with other men, or threatening to kill fellow artists. She is a beautiful and classy woman, who is considered by those who would know to be extremely hard-working and dedicated to her music and fans.”

    I DO think she deserves praise for this…and agree there are a lot worse ‘role models’ in show business. She would garner even more respect by saying, “Hey, kudos to Kelly & James, but I just didn’t want to risk a mistake on such an important occasion.” Case closed.

  • revcat

     I don’t consider either President Obama or Beyonce a fake. If you didn’t get what you wanted in 2012 try again in 2016, but for the next four years he is our duly elected president. At least he spared us a rendition of Cat Scratch Fever by RW supporter Ted Nugent. I’ll take Beyonce any day, lip syncing or not :)

  • DragonFly

    “If she wasn’t up to the task she should have declined and someone else should have taken her spot.”

    Pretty much says it for me.  If she made people marvel at such a “perfect”, assumed-live performance, people were fooled if all comes out to be true.  It was an honor for her to be asked to sing & an honor for that band to be “allowed” to play.

  • durbesque

    Nobody bought a ticket to Bey’s performance of the NA.  It was free.  She owed nobody anything.  She could do whatever she wanted.  Her perfect rendition was a pleasure to hear. 

  • Maya100

    Aretha didn’t do it at the inauguration.  

    There may be a reason.  It would be nice if she just said something.

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

     *thumbs up*

  • bridgette12

    If she thinks she’s in the right, why would she need to say anything. She’s preparing for the Superbowl, she probably don’t have time to worry about a performance that’s in the past. I’m more interesting in whether she and the rest of Destiny Child is going to debut a new song during the half time show.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    An official from the inauguration committee has confirmed to CNN that Beyonce lip synced:

    An inaugural official confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem during Monday’s Inauguration Day ceremony.”She did not sing live,” the official, who asked to remain anonymous, told CNN, adding that the singer made the decision herself to go with a pre-recording the night before Monday’s ceremony.”Because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band,” the official added. “It was all Beyonce.”

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/beyonce-lip-synced-inauguration-official-414994

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

    I don’t consider Beyomce a fake; however, a simple statement from her management would have put this issue to rest.  No comments lean towards the premise that she didn’t sing live.  Too bad no one thought to do this.

  • http://twitter.com/Marriott66 Marie Abbott

    Is Beyonce trying to say that she’s beneath Kelly Clarkson when it comes to talent and singing skills? Because Kelly was able to belt out her song LIVE! 

  • Maya100

    “She owed nobody anything.  She could do whatever she wanted.  Her perfect rendition was a pleasure to hear.” 

    But, if you lip-sync and pretend it’s live, that’s a fake-out.  You’re making people believe you did something you didn’t.  It skews the field in the future – people say, “Well, Beyonce sang it perfectly, what’s wrong with so and so?”   She gets false praise she didn’t really earn, since a live performance isn’t just about singing – it’s about dealing with the circumstances.  She didn’t do that but tried to pretend she did.

    The lip-syncing isn’t the issue for me.  It’s that she tried to pretend she didn’t and then take credit for something she didn’t do.

  • DaisyMagnolia

    There’s a professional musician on Slate’s website who’s calling foul on Beyonce’s supposed lip-synching.  I didn’t link the article because I don’t know if Slate is on MJ’s Do Not Link list, but here’s a quote:

    It’s bunk. That lady was singing live. She sang to a prerecorded track—a canned band—and perhaps there was a guide vocal in her earpiece, audible only to her, but that was absolutely a genuine performance.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “But, if you lip-sync and pretend it’s live, you’re making people believe you did something you didn’t.  It skews the field in the future – people say, “Well, Beyonce sang it perfectly, what’s wrong with so and so?”   She gets false praise she didn’t really earn, since a live performance isn’t just about singing – it’s about dealing with the circumstances. The lip-syncing isn’t the issue for me.  It’s that she didn’t sing but tried to pretend she did.”

    Exactly.