Beyonce Knowles is no cheater and she wants the world to know that she did not lip-sync the national anthem on inauguration day. The singer and songwriter recently took to her Tumblr account to respond to allegations of mouthing the words to a pre-recorded version of "The Star Spangled Banner." Instead of going to great lengths to muster up a statement, Beyonce just released pictures of her rehearsing the song in the studio and with the band as evidence of her actually singing the anthem during the ceremony.
The pop star came under immense controversy after the Marine Corps could not give an explanation for Bey's decision to use a pre-recorded rendition of the national anthem instead of singing the song live with the band. The Corps later released the following statement:
"The Presidential Inaugural Committee requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyonce Knowles-Carter in the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony. However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event. Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances. Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."
Beyonce was one of several to perform at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013.