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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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# 1

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

# 2

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.

# 4

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

# 5
amensister @ 01/23/2013 at 5:38 pm

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

# 6

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.

# 7

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.

# 8

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

# 9

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.

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.

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

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 @ 01/23/2013 at 6:11 pm

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.

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 @ 01/23/2013 at 6:21 pm

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)
http://goo.gl/2xILj

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

Phyliss Hyman @ 01/23/2013 at 6:48 pm

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

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.
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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.

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 @ 01/23/2013 at 6:52 pm

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.

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.

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

African Girl @ 01/23/2013 at 6:58 pm

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

your late jj. catching leftovers? ;)

offtheproperty @ 01/23/2013 at 7:02 pm

@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.

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