Did Beyoncé lip sync the hallowed National Anthem Monday during the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama? Eagle-eye critics suggest Queen Bee's soul-stirring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" was a fake. Did she really pull a Milli Vanilli on a doubly-historic day?
In a Jan. 22 report, the day after Obama was sworn into office -- a fourth time -- Huffington Post ran a story that suggested Beyonce lip synced during her seemingly "flawless" performance. In fact, her voice was so angelic that CNN's Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer made constant references to it in their coverage.
Beyonce, according to USA Today, lip synced the "National Anthem" and their headline today is bold enough to stand by its claim.
Additionally, the Washingtonian went one step further and included the word, "confirmed" in its headline today on the story and included a quote from an insider.
"We don't know why Beyoncé decided to use prerecorded music. All music [for inaugural ceremonies] is prerecorded as a matter of course, and that's something we've done for years and years. The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyoncé wanted to use the recording," said a member of Marine Corps Band, who went on to applaud her talents despite yesterday's faux-singing.
Face it; the norm, especially at high-profile events involves pre-recorded music to prevent any meltdown, misstep or total muck-up of a song in real time. Bee is not the first and won't be the last.
While Beyoncé lip synced the "Star Spangled Banner," more than likely, it was her voice the world still heard during the president's inauguration.