After Obama's national inauguration, there was much speculation that Beyoncé lip synched during the The Star Spangled Banner. According to CNN on Feb. 1, Beyoncé has admitted that she actually did sing with a prerecorded track during the inauguration in Washington. "I did not feel comfortable taking a risk." She did not get a chance to sing with band or do a proper soundcheck. The inauguration is "a very, very important, emotional show for me." "I wanted to make (Obama) and the country proud."
The controversy started when a spokeswoman from the U.S. Marine Band said Beyoncé "was not actually singing" the national anthem. According to Seattle Pi, Master Sgt. Kristin duBois said the band was informed right before the performance that Beyonce would use a prerecorded voice track.
The band was instructed not to play during The Star Spangled Banner, which left many from the band questioning why. However, the band quickly retracted that statement and released a new statement: "Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance," Wolf's statement continued, "no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or prerecorded."