Beyonce Lip-Syncing at the Inauguration Was ‘The Best Case Scenario’

Beyonce at Super Bowl 2013
The star will headline the halftime show.
Four days after President Obama’s inauguration ceremony, Beyonce is still under fire for her “pre-recorded” performance of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

The singer has yet to make an official statement about the controversy, but a number of other celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, LeAnn Rimes and Katy Perry, have expressed their support.

Aretha Franklin, who had difficulty singing in the cold weather during Obama’s 2009 inauguration, told ABC News, “she did a beautiful job with the pre-record … next time, I’ll probably do the same.”

HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell had supportive words for the 31-year-old singer.

Velez-Mitchell noted that it hasn’t been confirmed that Beyonce was actually lip-syncing. “We all know Beyonce can sing, boy can she sing. The worst thing is for somebody to be off-key because it’s freezing and their throat is cold. I’ve seen that happen where you have major stars performing live and you can tell that they’re off their game and that’s not pretty.

“So, I think this was the best case scenario for everybody involved.”

As Beyonce puts this scandal behind her, critics will be closely watching whether she sings live at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, where she’s set to perform during the halftime show.

Do you think Beyonce was in the right to lip-sync during her inauguration performance? Does she deserve the backlash that she’s receiving in the media? Weigh in with your comments below.

Jane Velez-Mitchell hosts the hit show Jane Velez-Mitchell – airing at 7PM EST on HLN — and tackles the most controversial events with a wide range of viewpoints. Check out for more details.

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