On Thursday, according to Yahoo News, Beyonce Knowles finally admitted at a press conference in New Orleans that she had assistance with a prerecorded track when she sang “The Star Spangled Banner” written by Francis Scott Key at President Barack Obama’s second inaugural celebration in Washington, D.C. on the National Mall ten days ago.
Why it took Beyonce ten days to come clean was not explained, but she did say that – in her opinion - singing along with a prerecorded track is common in the music industry. She was, however, the only one who did so on January 21, 2013 for the president’s live ceremony. The other high-profile musical performances, including those by James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson were unassisted.
According to Beyonce, she was not able to rehearse for the live show and – at the last minute – found herself uncomfortable performing without the track since, she admits, things could go wrong without a rehearsal and a sound check prior to the event.
Before the media even started asking about the incident, Beyonce walked out before those present at the “presser” and asked them to rise to their feet. Then, she sang the National Anthem acapella. At the conclusion, she asked, “Any questions?” That’s when she got the questions she asked for regarding the alleged – no confirmed – lip synch along with the prerecording.
The intent of the press conference was regarding Beyonce’s next high-profile performance which is to be Sunday at the Super Bowl.
Beyonce concluded her comments regarding the lip synch of ten days ago as a performance she is very proud of.