Beyonce Knowles is a consummate entertainer. There is no question about her beauty, ability or talent. Everybody knows that the girl can sing. So why the uproar over her performance at Monday's presidential inauguration and whether or not she lip-synced. Any singer who has tried it will tell you that the National Anthem is an extremely difficult song to sing. Singing outside in frigid forty degree weather just adds to that difficulty, so what is the problem?
Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor did a wonderful and inspiring job performing patriotic classics at the inauguration. So what if she did lip-sync? It didn't compromise national security, neither did it offend or embarrass President Obama and the first family. Maybe the real issue is that President Obama's detractors have been unable to find anything inherently wrong with the organization and presentation of his second inauguration. Those who are continually looking to mount a smear campaign against him have again come up empty handed. The inauguration was carried out in a smooth, professional, patriotic, and spiritual manner; it really was an event all Americans could be proud of. Since the fault finders and nay-sayers can't find any dirt on the Obamas, they've turned on Beyonce. Scandal indeed!
Live performance are notorious for unexpected malfunctions. That's why the music for these occasions is often pre-recorded. It's a proactive way of being prepared, of being ready for every possible mishap. The "fly-jock," Tom Joyner jokingly on his early morning talk show that if Beyonce "was singing over her own vocals, it's doesn't really count as lip-syncing." Let's give the girl a break. Surely the country has more important things to be concerned about than this. The nation's adulation for Beyonce is not misplaced; she always delivers.