Beyonce to Press: Boo, Yah! I Can Sing Live (VIDEO)

On Thursday, Beyonce Knowles shut down any criticism that still lingers from lip-sync-gate after last week’s inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama.

During a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl performance, Beyonce surprised press by asking them to stand. She then launched into a live performance of the national anthem. And it was pretty flawless.

After the performance, clearly feeling vindicated, Beyonce asked boldly, “Any questions?”

And, of course, the first reporter asked her to address the controversy of using a backing track during the inauguration ceremony.

“I am a perfectionist. And one thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed,” she answered.

“The inauguration was about the President. I wanted to make him and the country proud,” she continued. “I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is something that is common in the music industry. I always sing live. The inauguration was unfortunately a time when I didn’t have time to rehearse with the the orchestra, because I was rehearsing for the Super Bowl. I’m very proud of my performance.”

Asked whether she’ll be singing live during the Super Bowl on Sunday, the 31-year-old answered, “I will absolutely be singing live. I am well-rehearsed.”

She added, “This is what I was born to do, what I was born for.”

The stunning songstress didn’t disappoint in the fashion department either. Queen Bey wore a Olcay Gulsen white leather mini dress ($770) and Jimmy Choo barbs shoes ($695).

Hollywood was so impressed by Beyonce’s speech and performance that celebs have been tweeting their support for the mother of Blue Ivy Carter, putting the naysayers to shame:

Piers Morgan: #Beyonce singing national anthem live at her press conference was one of the smartest, coolest things I’ve ever seen a star do. Magnificent!

Andy Cohen: I don’t know WHAT has to happen in the next 7 hours for @BeyonceNOT to get my Mazel tonight! #PreachB

Richard Lawson: “I don’t have a toothbrush. I have my whole skull replaced twice a day.” – Beyonce

Catt Sadler: Beyonce: Pure Class. Don’t need to answer to NO body. Step OFF. I’m the queeeeeeeeeeen. #hero

Russell Simmons: Beyonce killed it

Pete Wentz: beyonce > everything else

Watch Beyonce’s surprise performance above.

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