Beyonce leaves fans dumbstruck by miming Star Spangled Banner for Obama

Posted on 23 January 2013
By Carlton Whitfield
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Admiration turned to disappointment for Beyoncé after it was reported the singer mimed her rendition of Star Spangled Banner at Barack Obama’s inauguration.

A spokeswoman from the band which accompanied Beyoncé at Obama’s inauguration yesterday claimed the Single Ladies icon did not sing the American National Anthem live, but lip-synched.

A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band explained it was normal proceedure to record a backing track of the vocals, and that Beyoncé chose to use this version instead of perform live to close the inauguration ceremony.

The spokeswoman said, “We did pre-record it and it was Beyoncé’s decision at the last minute to go with the pre-recorded version.”

“We pre-recorded all music as a matter of course and have done since time immemorial,” she said.

“This is our 54th inauguration…There is no question of there not being any music – it’s not because the performer cannot do it.”