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Beyonce Sings National Anthem with Backing Track? (Video)

Beyonce Sings National Anthem with Backing Track? (Video)

Beyonce‘s performance of the Star Spangled Banner at this week’s Presidential Inauguration has sparked a ton of debate – was she singing live or was she lip-syncing?

A new video, along with analysis from British audio engineer Ian Shepherd, shows that Bey was indeed singing along to the song with a backing track.

In addition to the two different audio feeds heard in the video, Ian points out several points, including that her voice is hard to hear in the beginning before the sound-man quickly corrected it, her head tilting toward the microphone at 1:16 causing a bassy sound, and being able to “hear” her smile at 2:17.

DO YOU THINK Beyonce was singing along with a backing track?

Beyonce Sings National Anthem with Backing Track? (Video)

UPDATE: An inauguration official has spoken out anonymously, telling CNN, “she did not sing live. Because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band. It was all Beyonce.”

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  • Betty

    She didn’t sSING anything… She lip synced the entire song, and should be ashamed of herself!!

  • H.

    She was lip syncing plain and simple. Many artists quietly ‘sing along’ to themselves so their mouth moves in time to the track as much as possible to try and make it look as believable as possible. This is called LIP SYNCING. No if’s or but’s. That’s what it is and that’s what she did.

  • [~Fug Face Man!ston~]
  • Please

    What’s the big deal? She’s done it before many times

  • amensister

    i know it was nerves that made her changed at the last minute to backing tape than singing live, BUT she should have sang live, the occasion demanded it

  • kami

    why is everyone analyzing it to death and trying to prove she did sing? ppl around her said she was lip synching. i don’t see the big deal unless she denies it.

  • Terri

    She is a famewhore! No talent and just irritating. There are other black talented singers out there that could have sang this song. What a shame.

  • Ashley

    Oh,and it proves she sang,according to an unknown sound engineer…videos can be edited,so now it will be the mystery of the century,did Beyonce sing or lip-sinch?Nice post,it made me feel more bored than before,thanks Just Jared.
    But it still doesn’t change the fact that Beyonce is fake and has a huge ego.If she faked a whole pregnancy,maybe she can pretend she’s singing.Who knows…lol
    I used to be an Obama fan,but his friendship with Beyonce and Jay-Z is making me start hating him.
    Btw,her face expression is weird there…too “happy” to be singing.She didn’t seem to be focused on the song,but on her own ego.You can’t smile and sing at the same time without losing the focus.Now i am starting to believe she was lip-sinching…lol

  • sarah

    I’m a singer and I know for a fact that she lip synched. Even during the big loud notes, she didn’t back off the microphone. Usually when you sing loud belty notes, you have to move the microphone away from your mouth so it doesn’t create a huge loud noise. She definitely lip synced.

  • soho

    Not surprised. Many things about her seem fraudulent. I think she and Jay Z, who has as much street cred at Bill Cosby, will spin anything anyway they want to make themselves appear almighty and beyond any type of reproach. I’m not saying she doesn’t have talent but she pushes the limits on what the public is supposed to buy and believe.

  • BeeFake

    Fake, she lipped and there’s no need to make videos to prove it.

  • soho

    Oh and honey, you’re not all that powerful. You’re an entertainer not a scientist searching for a cure for cancer. When you develop a cure for H.I.V. or balance the country’s deficit then we’ll consider you powerful.

  • offtheproperty

    This is sadly where we’re at as a country.
    Black people’s issues are all any of us can think or talk about.
    Did anyone notice how awesome, courageous, miraculous was Kelly Clarkson to stand up and sing her heart out in front of a half-million people in the cold and absolutely kill it and touch the heart of everyone watching? Everyone across this country and all around the world?
    And then just walk away and let it live for all time in our highest hopes and dreams and imaginations as a transcendental moment in our lives?
    It’s like we’re not even conscious enough to notice something so great.

  • Ginger

    I don’t care if she lip sync. Didn’t like the fact that some of these artists are making their own melody to this famous American National Anthem… Stick with the old melody. It’s more beautiful. But she didn’t have to lip sync. PInk would have done it without any help.

  • MinkaKelly

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)

  • tkj

    @AMY: Wow. You are very ignorant. Sad.

  • Phyliss Hyman

    Give new artist a chance for maximum exposure the singer Elle Varner would have been perfect. Stop using the same singers all the time.

  • Jessie

    I don’t like her, but I don’t think it’s a crime to lip sync in this situation. It was cold, which can affect your voice. If she didn’t feel sure enough of herself, it was best to lip sync. I’d rather that than hear her screw it up. I’d be mad if I’d paid, as in a concert, to hear her sing and it was lip synced. I still didn’t feel her recorded version was any great feat.
    I think Kelly Clarkson did it live, that was inspiring and she gets kudos. This girl is the engine that could, Beyonce is the one that couldn’t.

  • Gaga Fan

    Yeah right AMY you ignorant ugly PuertoRican slore. That’s why you Ricans always copy black music and culture. Blues Soul, R & B. Rock and Roll, Jazz, Gospel! What have you lazy Ricans ever contributed to American culture..except stealing black music.

  • offtheproperty

    JLO is a great singer the best in the world. The only reason Romney lost is because he threaten to deport all of the illegals currently ruining the country.

  • tkj

    She didn’t lip sync, she sang along to a backing track. The band mimed because she only had one day to rehearse whereas Kelly and James had a week.

    And the fact that some people are making “black people” comments is just rude.

  • tkj

    @Jessie: She didn’t lip sync! Read the article.

  • African Girl

    Well this finally puts to rest the whole debate on what Clinton knew and when she knew it.
    Great Analysis man….Two thumbs way up. Now about those Mali insurgents. …

  • yeehaw

    your late jj. catching leftovers? ;)

  • offtheproperty

    @offtheproperty: Armenian Identity Theft Ring or Mexican Narco-Trafficanos for Obama lip-syncing the Presidential Oath of Office so he can lead the jihad against America. You have to listen to Kelly Clarkson to get the truth about it.

  • offtheproperty

    Minka Kelly isn’t authentic mink.

  • cmoure10

    If you listen you can hear her singing over her own voice, since when is that a crime. She’s not lip syncing you can clearly hear that she is singing, just over her own vocal trac artist do this all the time. Please people get over the hateration!!!

  • cmoure10

    @AMY: your an idiot!!!


    sorry the damage is already done no backpedaling can save her now, the real tea spilled already. her PR team are working overtime. her peers sang LIVE, and this self proclaimed “king-queen”, “perfectionist” who also said she works harder than anyone in her GQ Lip synced.

    she is a fraud and was exposed, she is the new lance Armstrong of singers and is Beynilli Manilli

    this lip-synching fiasco + the pregnancy fiasco will forever be attached to her like her wig.

  • Adele

    @Gaga Fan: The only reason Bruno Mars is talented is because he is half Asian, he gets his singing skills from his Filipino side. He only does black music as we all know. Jlo was a culture thief as well, the only so-called star they have and don’t get me started on Fat Joe. Salsa is garbage.


    @tkj: Excuses, excuses!!! “she had one day to rehearse” she didn’t have much time? then why not give up the Gig instead of faking? and why the over dramatial, theatrical diva antics?

  • New York

    And to think Amy and the rest of her poverty stricken tribe are trying to become a state we can’t let that happen it will be the worst thing that ever happened to the United States. Spain was burdened with them for centuries before they off loaded that dangerous welfare island of Puerto Rico onto the American taxpayers!!


    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.


    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?


    To the people who are making excuses and say: “she didn’t have time for rehearsal; or it was too cold” ARE YOU SERIOUS? she had enough time to take pictures with the band in a recording studio but not enough time to rehearse? If she was not ready why not give up the Gig to someone more deserving? she knew this was a big day and knew she had a big role, but she wanted to appear all around “perfect” so she did not want to risk being upstaged by her peers and decided to fall back on the pre-recorded track. her “perfect”= FAKE!!!

    As for “it was too cold” why was she the only one in a NIGHT GOWN? why did she take.her coat off when everyone else was dressed in time/day appropriate and wheather appropriate?

    She was in the same wheather condition as everyone else even more so to those who sung LIVE.


  • coco

    @ amensister It’s not like it is the first time she sing for the president and she is not lyp syncing I mean it’s too perfectly synchronized
    just stop hating

  • Tessa

    You guys are seriously knocking her for this? A man played his violin with a backing track four years ago….it’s cold anyway. It’s a hard song to sing anyway.

  • http://deleted Great actor

    Matter not

  • oy

    Doubtless it was prerecorded to be released as a single. She sang to BO last time. Why not go with Jennifer Hudson or Pink this time? You know, people who can sing live.

  • Seguro de Salud

    Beyonces doesnt know how to sing…

  • Halli

    Kelly Clarkson sang perfectly and it was live and Aretha Franklin laughed whhen she found out Bey faked it. This was not Beyonce’s day so she should have practiced enough to sing live. But this is the sane woman who has someone record her SLEEPING. Among other ibsane things. And once she threw out her earpiece – she basically pretended like she was singing luve, just to fool us? Her egoism leads me to believe she did fake her pregnancy. Otherwise we would have seen her pregnant belly everywhere. She is insane!

  • Bella

    @offtheproperty: So what does the colour of her skin has to do with that?

  • Bella

    @Gaga Fan: Hey you little racist, stop talking unless you have anything to say. And by the way, it is funny you blame PuertoRicans while you live in country which is based on the culture of Europe and other nations. Don’t forget that americans destroyed the real north-american indian culture by butchering Indian people.

  • lala

    @tkj: Really? A day? She is oooh so busy isnt she…she should have made time for this occasion, it is her own fault.

  • Natasha (Nataliya) Stasyi

    she definitely sang live..and didn’t need to lipsync ’cause ’twas pretty awful!

  • Lena

    @Gaga Fan: Why fight racism with racism? You’re just as horrible as she is.

  • Hal

    It sounded very much like rerecorded, which sucks because at a presidential inauguration you shouldn’t fake your singing. She wanted to be at this prestigious event no matter what, she is extremely driven and probably does a lot of things just to get ahead. Very poor judgement on her side. I hope this scandal teaches her a lesson!

  • Emma

    Don’t care if it’s live or not, it’s still her voice.

  • Chel

    Bey’s ego has no bounds. She wanted to be the showstopper and nothing was going to get in her way. That’s why she insisted on performing in the freezing cold without a coat. She used the backing track because she didn’t want to risk having a less than stellar performance. People need to stop making excuses for her. Kelly C. sang live and if she did it there is no excuse for Bey not doing the same.

  • gigi

    It wouldn’t have bother me if it wasn’t for the theatrics.. Her rendition whether it was live or pre-recorded was good, not earth shattering. Whitney’s version is still the best! I still get tingles listening to it.
    Beyonce “I’m the hardest working artist in my industry” well it didn’t show on Inauguration Day. If you worked so hard, then you would’ve rehearsed with the Band and sing LIVE just like Kelly while still preparing for your Superbowl performance. Bey sit your A** down.