Beyoncé Lip-Synced 'Star-Spangled Banner' at Obama Inauguration Ceremony (VIDEO)

Marine Corps. Band spokeswoman calls out the pop star for faking the performance.

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Beehive, brace yourselves: Rumor has it Beyoncé lip-synched the National Anthem.

After performing a rousing rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" during President Obama's public swearing-in, the pop star earned praise all the way from Washington's cheering crowd to the social media sphere.

But now Beyoncé may face backlash as it's been revealed that she fell back on a "pre-recording" rather than risking it live during the inaugural ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Monday.

"We all know Beyonce can sing," Master Sgt. of the U.S. Marine Corps Band Kristin Dubois told ABC News. "We all know the Marine Corps Band can play. We do not know why she decided to go with the pre-recorded music at the last minute."

The evening before Inauguration Day, Beyoncé laid down her her rendition of the tune — sharing behind-the-scenes snaps of the recording studio session— which Dubois explained is common procedure in case anything goes awry during the oath of office ceremony.

"I've been with the band 14 years. It's not unusual," said Dubois, adding that "You can't have an inaugural without the National Anthem."

Then just before stepping front-and-center on the stage Monday, Beyoncé decided to ditch her live vocals, opting to rely on the pre-recorded renditions. Even though the director continued to conduct as the Grammy-winning singer lip-synced, the Marine Corps. band was instructed not to play for the performance, raising eyebrows among inauguration-goers and at-home viewers.

But Beyoncé isn't the first to forgo an on-the-spot performance for an Obama inauguration. Back in 2009, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the violinist Itzhak Perlman, two of the most beloved figures in classical music, performed to a playback version of "Air and Simple Gifts," understandable given that the freezing temperatures and gusting winds on that day.

Now the world is left wondering: If she was for-real faking it, why did Beyoncé ever-so-dramatically pull her ear piece out during the performance? That may be a question only Queen B can answer.



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  • Donna Reavis
    Donna Reavis

    I watched the show and I love it! I do however have a question: Is Ann "Honey Boo-Boo's Mothers sister? They are both so "similiar" in their looks and comments/gestures? Please let me know. This is actually a question from my Mother in Albuquerque because "She wants to know!"

  • Irvinegirl

    I understand she just lip synched the whole thing and didn't sing at all. She chickened out, plain and simple. I'll bet she was afraid to expose her lack of talent.

  • Cory Lopez
    Cory Lopez

    I'll throw this out there: Is it possible she sang over the pre-recorded track? So she had back-up?


    I bet you have a poster of her on your wall at your moms house, dont ya Eddie?


    She lip-synced because the only talent she has is in her ass.

  • Cory Lopez
    Cory Lopez

    The title is not misleading, Jay. The Marine Corps. band spokesperson confirmed that the "pre-recording" was of Beyonce's in-studio rendition of the anthem -- not simply the band's back-up music.

  • Jay

    No she didn't lip-sync, that's just an enticing title to get ppl to read the article. She didn't use a live band, the accompanying music was pre-recorded. Just because it says something in a magazine doesn't make it true. Watch the video and you decide for yourself.

  • Dylan Howard
    Dylan Howard

    I stil love Beyonce, Cory Lopez. But I am shocked at this. The video was compelling.

  • Lance Debler
    Lance Debler

    I don't mind her lip-synching at an outdoor event as much as I mind the fake pull-out-the-earpiece move. Thoughts? And don't curse at me, Eddie.

  • Cory Lopez
    Cory Lopez

    I love Beyonce till the day I die. But why would the Marine Corps. band spokesperson lie about such a thing?

  • Eddie