Top Stories

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.”

Like Just Jared on Facebook

JJ Links Around The Web

  • Ryan Adams performed a ballad after his split from Mandy Moore- US Weekly
  • Richard Simmons got a visit from cops, who say he is fine- TMZ
  • Watch Blake Shelton perform “Boys ’Round Here” on SNL- Gossip Cop
  • See cute videos of R5 at Sundance Film Festival- Just Jared Jr
  • Gia Giudice made a tribute video for her mom Teresa- Radar
  • What should you know about Sundance Film Festival?- Huffington Post
  • Read a review of The Boy Next Door- Lainey Gossip
  • Who just got cast in Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight?- The Hollywood Reporter

80 Responses to “Beyonce Sings National Anthem with Backing Track? (Video)”

  1. 1
    Betty Says:

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

  2. 2
    H. Says:

    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.

  3. 3
    [~Fug Face Man!ston~] Says:

    @Betty</ Stop lying to yourself. LOL Not a single person believes you believe that ish you typed. ahahahahahaha

  4. 4
    Please Says:

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

  5. 5
    amensister Says:

    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. 6
    kami Says:

    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. 7
    Terri Says:

    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. 8
    Ashley Says:

    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. 9
    sarah Says:

    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.

  10. 10
    soho Says:

    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.

  11. 11
    BeeFake Says:

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

  12. 12
    soho Says:

    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.

  13. 13
    offtheproperty Says:

    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.

  14. 14
    Ginger Says:

    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.

  15. 15
    MinkaKelly Says:

    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)

  16. 16
    tkj Says:

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

  17. 17
    Phyliss Hyman Says:

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

  18. 18
    Jessie Says:

    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.

  19. 19
    Gaga Fan Says:

    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.

  20. 20
    offtheproperty Says:

    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.

  21. 21
    tkj Says:

    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.

  22. 22
    tkj Says:

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

  23. 23
    African Girl Says:

    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. …

  24. 24
    yeehaw Says:

    your late jj. catching leftovers? ;)

  25. 25
    offtheproperty Says:

    @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.

  26. 26
    offtheproperty Says:

    Minka Kelly isn’t authentic mink.

  27. 27
    cmoure10 Says:

    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!!!

  28. 28
    cmoure10 Says:

    @AMY: your an idiot!!!

  29. 29

    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.

  30. 30
    Adele Says:

    @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.

  31. 31

    @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?

  32. 32
    New York Says:

    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!!

  33. 33
    SLAY HER Says:

    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.

  34. 34
    SLAY HER Says:

    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?

  35. 35

    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.


  36. 36
    coco Says:

    @ 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

  37. 37
    Tessa Says:

    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.

  38. 38
    Great actor Says:

    Matter not

  39. 39
    oy Says:

    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.

  40. 40
    Seguro de Salud Says:

    Beyonces doesnt know how to sing…

  41. 41
    Halli Says:

    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!

  42. 42
    Bella Says:

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

  43. 43
    Bella Says:

    @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.

  44. 44
    lala Says:

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

  45. 45
    Natasha (Nataliya) Stasyi Says:

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

  46. 46
    Lena Says:

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

  47. 47
    Hal Says:

    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!

  48. 48
    Emma Says:

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

  49. 49
    Chel Says:

    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.

  50. 50
    gigi Says:

    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.

  51. 51
    SunnyAutumn Says:

    Beyonce can’t sing period. She is no Whitney, no Adele. She is an entertainer, like J.Lo, just run around and dance while lip syncing. She had plenty of time to rehearse, how much notice do they get.

  52. 52
    SunnyAutumn Says:

    Her hoarse voice is annoying. Afterwards, she flew down to New Orleans to chow down before her next big lip-syncing event . Auto tunes has made many mediocre people rich, Beyonce, Rihanna, etc. If Kelly Clarkson can respect a historical occasion, so can Beyonce.

  53. 53
    ronitoon41 Says:

    who really cares if she lip-syncing the song? we as a country of riches and knowledge focus on the smallest importance things and beat it death. REALLY!!! this is all the news and reporters have talked about since Monday. not that President Obama gave a great speech that include all races not one. that kelly clarkson sung a beautiful song and it was geat. we are becoming a pity nation and i am very shame of you all

  54. 54
    offtheproperty Says:

    @Bella: White people are taking ALL KINDS OF ABUSE under Obama. White people need to stand up for themselves and claim to be the best — something everyone has always known but we’re now shamed into denying.
    I don’t hate black people. Just stop pretending we’re some kind of joke of yours now. White men and women have imagined, conceive, built and created EVERYTHING you and we have. EVERYTHING! Obama is a racial coup d’etat against the greatest nation of people on Earth, which black people have benefitted greatly from. What’s going to be left when you kill and eliminate by attrition all the white people you aspire to be?

  55. 55
    Emily Says:

    Who cares? She’s rich and she’s best friends with Obama. No one cares. People are making a big deal out of nothing. She has enough presents from Athena-Toys-dot-com

  56. 56
    Derya Says:

    No. It’s not real

  57. 57
    Nick Says:

    To those who say that lip synching our national anthem isn’t a big deal ought to be ashamed of themselves.

  58. 58
    Rocky Says:


    Could NOT agree with you more. I read her remarks and kept on going. People like her want us to respond back to her ignorant self, but I wasn’t going there. She’s not worth my time, nor yours. To think that in 2013 we still have people like her around.

  59. 59
    Rachael Says:

    @Gaga Fan:

    I’m Puerto Rican and take offense to your comments as I took offense to Amy’s. Let’s stop labelling each other and just deal with the fact that ALL our groups have idiots in them, and I’m ashamed if Amy is really a PR, because her comments were stupid and just blame awful!

  60. 60
    xoxo Says:

    Lip Synching the national anthem of all things is a disgrace.

  61. 61
    Rachael Says:


    Why didn’t Whitney Houston get dissed when she lip sang the National Anthem? Have we all forgotten that she did not sing the NA live at Super Bowl? Some people have short memories.

  62. 62
    Rocky Says:


    OMG! I love you! You head it right on the head!!

  63. 63
    Rocky Says:


    I meant ‘You hit it right on the head!

  64. 64
    Rocky Says:

    People are dying of hunger all over the world. The elderly are being treated less than human. Sandy victims are still without homes. Women are being raped in countries where men are not arrested for their crimes and we’re worrying about Beyonce’s singing? Who really gives a crap?! Some of you people need to sort out your priorities.

  65. 65
    hm Says:

    @Rocky: it’s a gossip site, you need to settle yourself — i mean fox news had kim kardashians pregnancy as their cover story NOT the drones over Yemen that killed kids.

    …the only thing people care about now is celebrities – people could tell you the name/age/D.O.B of beyonce’s kid but they can’t find Mali on a map -_-

    welcome to 2013!!!

  66. 66
    lola Says:

    Lip or not, Don’t like how she sings it. She’s so annoying.

  67. 67
    uh Says:

    did she really make a documentary about herself? LOL!

  68. 68
    Rocky Says:


    So true. HA! HA! Thanks.

  69. 69
    Willeke Says:

    OMG stop freaking out! You can hair her voice two times!
    The fist voice you hear is when she sings into her microfoon en the second voice you hear comes from a musicbox. That is why is it is sounds lower and later because like when people sing in a stadion it takes a few seconds before her voice to reach it! So she is not lip singing.
    Listen to it a couple times more and you can hear the notes and the words are the same! When you look an 0:40 you can see it

  70. 70
    Jessie Says:

    tkj @ 01/23/2013 at 6:56 pm

    @Jessie: She didn’t lip sync! Read the article.
    She didn’t lip sync because? The truth is we don’t know if she sang live or not. And my point was that I didn’t care either way, IT’S NOT A CRIME. The military were the first to say she didn’t sing, but since backed off to say that THEY didn’t play the music live. Has she come out and said she DID sing? It doesn’t matter one way or the other. Whether she sang live or not, it wasn’t all that. There will always be those who believe she sang live and those that don’t. Everyone agrees to disagree.

  71. 71
    Kae Says:

    You guys are ridiculous, smh. Beyonce sang along with the track. I bet all you guys just love Whitney Houston’s Anthem, knowing she lip synced. Get over it! Beyonce will remain popular and richer than you. Move on! Let it go!

  72. 72
    gigi Says:

    Whitney didn’t lip-sync,she sang over her own voice. Guess what? it was still fierce!! Beyonce’s pre-recorded version was good, not phenomenal. I doubt it makes it on the Billboard chart. which Whitney’s version did..
    It landed in billboard’s top 10 chart for that year.

  73. 73
    Robinnicole Says:


    Since you wanna be stupid, white people are mutated negros,…..and that is a fact! White Adam and Eve,…all a lie, there is only one race, and that’s the human race. Your white men and women, exist because of black men and women,….deal with the facts of that.

  74. 74
    Robinnicole Says:

    It’s a damn shame that black and white was brought into this,….humans and the way they think, is the most tragic scandal to ever have happen to mankind,…truly pathetic.

  75. 75
    CJ Says:

    @tkj: I agree–you can tell she is indeed singing–and so what if she didn’t? She still sang the original track. She didn’t have anyone else sing it for her. Whitney Houston did the same thing with her rendition. So what! They both did a beautiful job whether it was live or taped.

  76. 76
    LMAO Says:


    LMFAO! Oh my god you ignorant individual. Please educate yourself. DNA DOES NOT CHANGE. Whites didnt come from blacks moron. Nappy hair does not mutate into shiny soft hair. Black eyes dont turn blue over time. Go ahead and keep believing a lie!

  77. 77
    Brian Tubbs Says:

    Here’s what happened people. She was singing but she was also singing with her sound track. It was ONLY supposed to play in her ear, but there was a mistake and it was playing on the speakers too, which confused people. FYI the performers wear an ear piece in each ear; one to hear themselves for tuning, and the other to ear the song. The second one has a dual purpose. It’s also keeps them in tune but more importantly helps prevent forgetting the words. Pay attention and you will see her remove her ear piece about halfway through. That happens when there is a problem with the playback. Trust me this is normal and she did nothing wrong.

  78. 78
    Robinnicole Says:


    Yes they did, idiot,….there is only one race, idiot,….all other groups evolved from black africans, who were the first people,….now go and educate yourself,… big dumb ignorant person.

  79. 79
    Robinnicole Says:


    Also,…there is no such thing as a black or white race of people no way,…but the people that call themselves white, mutated that’s why they exist, all human life evolved from the people yall call black,….you are a mutation,…so if you don’t believe it, look it up. But don’t become too depressed about it, that won’t be good for your health.

  80. 80
    Discussion? Says:

    I did not want to interfere but since you keep insisting…..As per your statement black person exists longer than white one.
    But I guess, you know that the brain of white person is bigger than of a black one. Right? You know that black person in Africa did not invent even a wheel, while white people have already had complicated machinery and equipment. You know that blacks never created their own alphabet or writing as well as many other things.
    So, if whites evolve from blacks, as you say, then it means that descendants considerably over-evolved their ancestors.

A Member of Townsquare Entertainment News | Advertise here