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Beyonce: Lip-Synced the National Anthem at the Inauguration?

Beyonce: Lip-Synced the National Anthem at the Inauguration?
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  • JimmyJango

    Man, she is annoying.

  • Kim

    Kelly Clarkston did her thing well and live!

  • SunnyAutumn

    She was faking it all along, pulling out that ear piece and the whole 9, like she was really singing. She certainly had me fooled. I thought she took some secret music lessons LOL. She’s a booty-shaking entertainer, not a singer like Whitney, Kelly Clarkson, etc. They got her learning a new word since everyone is getting tired of her saying everything is “inspiring”. I forgot what word that is, no worries. She will be repeating a million times this year.

  • Mya

    Whenever something is too great people wanna say it’s fake, Beyonce stole the show (like she always does) and people just can’t take to see that she is on top.

  • Marc

    She’s so fake, much like Gaga.

  • nata

    she is soooooo fake i just don’t know why everybody loves her ?

  • loe

    this bitch is so fake
    her superbowl performance will a flop

  • hum

    Of course she did. Don’t know why she was given so much attention yesterday. Kelly actually sang LIVE and did a good job. Hopefully more of Beyonce’s FAKENESS will continue to come out.

  • BOY

    beyonce been a fake bitch doe what’s new !!!!!!!!

  • eshowoman

    Well, she’s no Jennifer Hudson but I like her anyway though JHud has a better voice.

  • offtheproperty

    Kelly Clarkson is miraculous and absolutely unsurpassed.
    Nobody has the emotional power and impact of Kelly.
    It’s incomprehensible how great she is and was that song.
    If you don’t love Kelly Clarkson I feel sorry for you.

  • offtheproperty

    Although JLO is a much better singer than Kelly.

  • offtheproperty

    @offtheproperty: Kelly has something nobody else has and it’s something that really touches the heart. Everyone knows it; just a matter of if you feel like admitting it.

  • xoxo

    BeFauxce faked singing? Fake weave, fake weave hair color, fake nails, nose job, photoshopped image, fake pregnancy and fake modesty…nevermind she never fakes modesty. This is not the first time BeFauxce has lipsynched. She is the epitome of all that is fake in Hollywood.

  • Christine

    Beyonce is an amazing singer. Sometimes songs get pre-recorded when there are echo issues at the venue. Don’t see what all the drama is about. (And for the record, both Kelly and Beyonce have fantastic voices. No need to pit one against the other).

  • Why

    Why do people on this site hate Beyonce nobody ever gives a valid reason it’s always she’s fake or she’s so full of herself stuff people wouldn’t know unless they knew her personally

  • offtheproperty

    Jlo has something nobody else has and it’s something that really touches the heart. Everyone knows it, just a matter of if you feel like admitting it.

  • Sandra

    She has big crush on Obama!!!

  • Guest

    She devalued the inauguration ceremony and fooled the american people. It’s pretty much as if she sent her song in the mail. So why was she invited and how much was our tax dollar spent on her? Was the whole ceremony fake and why would a hoodloom like JZ and Byonc attend/guest? Did not watch the inauguration, no interests. Byonc sing and I personally can’t stand her. Her fake her pregnancies instead of coming out and tell the truth or go in hiding. I am surprised she did not dance her fat as* shaking and wearing her underwear. The whole bunch are becoming a circus show.

  • SunnyAutumn


    That could explain why Michelle was looking at her so crazy lol.

  • Sam

    Wow, can’t sing our National Anthem live yet invited to sing for the coronation of our king. Wonder why she was chosen? Oh, that’s right – big, big money contributor. Got it!

  • Tom

    Why not play Whitney’s version and have Beyonce lip sync to that? I mean, if it’s about the best, play the best track. Having a person pretend to sing a song is hilarious to me. If you’re not singing, just sit down and look pretty and enjoy the “pre-recorded” track with the rest of us.

  • Ava

    Pre-recorded and it was still crap… was extremely annoying, tasteless and over the top singing. Some people feel the need to turn every melody into a huge vocal barf. Less is more.

  • Anne

    She is as fake as Barry & Michelle. Truly pathetic that she didn’t sing LIVE. They could have just played the recording with her sitting down, but then I guess she couldn’t have showed off her massive fake hair, her Oscar gown ( she was the persont took off their coat) and turn it into the Beyonce show.

  • betty

    You people are just jealous. What’s wrong with lip-synching your own voice. If she was doing it to someone else music it would be different. I rather pre record it knowing I won’t forget the words.than have a moment of lapsed memory. You hater act as if you PAID to hear her sing. Artist do it at paid concerts so what’s the problem?

  • gs

    She doesn’t even use twitter (she has like 3 tweets to date) #EPICFAIL

  • YAWN

    i said this yesterday, there was absolutely no emotions just her over acting like a diva, she usually growls and screeches when hitting high notes so that was missing. if kelly performed live why couldn’t she, and if she was lipping then wwhy the diva over the top acting? she made it seem like it was the ear peice to divert attention away from her fakery. kelly upstaged her and she felt scared so she chose to do the pre-recorded one in the last minute to not risk the live singing. she really needs to go away, everything is backfiring her overexposure is exposing her. time to hang up that wig.

  • ladyb

    They should have called Mariah Carey

  • YAWN

    take a long look at that picture above., looool!!!! seriously? if she were singing live she would have frown on her face like her eye era etc, yould be able to see it in a picture, FAKER. I say if Kelly did it why did beyawnce change her mind to sing live last minute? if Kelly can do it so can she…unless she didn’t want to expose her real voice as of late which has alot of growls and screeches.

  • Frozoid

    @hum: James Taylor sang live and he was great, too.

  • Frozoid

    @Christine: Um, because no performer in the history of the Inauguration has ever lip synced before? Including an unknown and untrained sharecropper’s daughter named Juanita Booker for Ronald Reagan’s inauguration.

  • Frozoid

    @betty: Because this is an HISTORICAL inauguration and every single performer- including the 70 plus Aretha Franklin who sang in temperatures 20 degrees colder, has performed LIVE.

    Don’t enable Knowles. She’s not worth it.

  • betty

    President and First Lady invited Beyonce to sing as long as they were pleased who give a rats a$$ about you nobodies. She did a beautiful job whether it was pre recorded lip- synched or what. It was an honor she received and you haters didn’t if you don’t like it lump it,

  • betty

    @Yawn So What!!! Whether her singing it LIVE or PRE RECORDED does not make it less HISTORIC if you were not told it was prerecorded you never would have known the difference It’s like reading a speech you prepared from a prompter. Some people just like to have something to b*tch about!!!

  • betty

    My @ was for Frozoid also!!!




  • naturegirl

    And some fool had the nerve comparing her performance to Whitney Houston and saying that B was better OH P L E A S E!!!!!
    I am not a fan so i wouldn’t eve watch her perform fake though it was as soon as she was being introduced i turn the channel when i tuned in again she was shaking hands

  • Lee

    Look at losers trying to defend the fake artist Beyonce…. Just because we have a Smoke and Mirror President some things have to be true… Or why not put Kim Kardashian on stage next time and have her fake sing the national anthem …she’s prettier to look at then Beyonce and won’t put on a tacky Dolly Parton blond wig while singing, unlike Beyonce.

  • Tommy

    The national anthem has never been lip synced at a presidential inauguration … It’s unheard of , Aretha Franklin who’s 70 , in colder weather 4 years ago sang live, and a hack who’s more famous for shaking her bootie decides to highjacket a America tradition with her fakery… The pomp and show yesterday had nothing to do with the Obama’s and especially not Beyonce, it’s for the American people and 250 year traditions, cultural continuity in customs, and institutions…… Who the hell is Beyonce to set a precedence with fake singing just because she was a supporter and campaign money to Obama… He’s only seating in that office 4 years.

  • g


  • link




    For those of you who says, “Who cares, she sang it with her track”

    Why is there a pic of her in the same black dress she wore at the inauguration, singing along with earphones with her Mac in an office, like she was practicing before she went on? I’m thinking it’s backstage somewhere. If she told them that she was going to sing against a track, why put this pic up right before she was going on?


  • rawr




    To the press seated just below the podium, in front of the “President’s Own” Marine Corps Band, it was evident that the band wasn’t actually playing during the song—even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into their instruments. Separately, at one point during her performance, Beyoncé removed her earpiece.

    A hint as to the actual origins of the version Beyoncé sang came from her own hand: On January 20, the day before the ceremony, Beyoncé posted pictures to her Instagram account that appeared to show her in a recording studio. In one, she holds a copy of the sheet music to “The Star Spangled Banner” in front of a microphone attached to a recording device, and in another she sits in front of recording equipment while members of the Marine Corps Band stand clutching sheet music behind her.

    Miming along to a pre-recorded track isn’t unheard of at inaugural ceremonies. At President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, cold weather and wind meant that a live performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman had to be nixed in favor of a recording.

    “We don’t know why Beyoncé decided to use prerecorded music,” a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band told The Washingtonian this morning. “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.”

  • Peter

    Beyoncé did not attend to the rehearsal with the band. So it was already decided that she would lip-sync. And she really did it well because nobody noticed. I don’t think that it is easy to lip-sync, especially a song that is not in your repertoire and that you recorded a few days before. So, she certainly practiced that.

    To those who say that it was lip-sync to her own voice, you are probably aware that the recording was certainly enhanced by the technology. How many times do you go to a concert to find that the voice of the artist is not as good as on the recording.

    I would have prefer something imperfect than a fake. I don’t care if someone else did it at any other event, Superbowl or else. Now a legitimate question would be : Does her successful career is based on her good looks or her talent ?

  • Pure at Heart

    It was a slap in the face having Beyonce in these inauguration. The first inauguration for Obama, Beyonce sang Etta James song and did a flop. Why wasn’t Etta invited to sing her own song? Just because Beyonce contributed with big money does not make it right she is out there and she should have sang her own song. I am glad Al Green declined the invitation to sing at this 2nd inauguration. He pretty much said something about the country needing financial healing and that he has other commitments. Even with Beyonce lip singing, she did a horrible job. Americans knows she got the spotlight due to her contribution and not her talent. Too bad, administration should stick with what is right and for the better of all instead having sold their souls to devil with money. All puppets now and look at the result, we get famewhores like Beyonce and thugs like Jay Z. No wonder we are sinking as a nation!

  • amy

    @Tom: what a dumb idiot! whitney’s so called amazing version was ALSO prerecorded hahahahahaahahahahaha don’t you feel stupid!!!!!!!


    @Peter: she didn’t attend the rehearsal? she posted a pic in a recording studio with them.