While at the news conference for her upcoming Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, Beyonce launched into the impromptu performance of the anthem and, as can be seen from the embedded video, killed the song. Once she finished she simply said, “Any questions?”
During the conference, she was indeed asked about lip syncing at the Presidential Inauguration last week, and she admitted she used a backing track. She said,
I am a perfectionist. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra [at the Inauguration]. It was a live television show and a very important moment for me.
Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking the risk ... so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.
When asked about her Super Bowl performance, Beyonce seemed rather sheepish and vague. She replied "I always sing live," implying it would be live, but remember -- always didn't apply to the inauguration. However, weather won't be a problem in the dome on Feb. 3.
She was also asked about a possible Destiny's Child appearance. She hedged on the answer, which is strange since Michelle Williams said there was to be no appearance at Super Bowl XLVII.
The topic of did she or didn't she turned into a huge bruhaha since after Obama's inauguration. It went so far that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked for an apology from the pop superstar.
This press conference, as well as her impromptu performance, should put things to rest.