Beyonce sings the National Anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday.
WASHINGTON ó Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem during her rousing performance at President Barack Obamaís inauguration, according to the U.S. Marine Band.
A band spokeswoman told news outlets Tuesday that the band was notified at the last minute before the performance that Beyonce would use a pre-recorded voice track. Band members played their instruments live with no intonation problems in the chilly conditions ahead of the national anthem, the spokeswoman said.
ďThe entire performance was live except for the national anthem,Ē Master Sgt. Kristin duBois told The New York Times and other outlets. ďWe donít know why. But that is what we were instructed to do so that is what we did. Itís not because Beyonce canít sing. We all know Beyonce can sing. We all know the Marine Band can play.Ē
All inaugural music is pre-recorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances could interrupt the program.
A representative for Beyonce did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Kelly Clarksonís representative said she sang live to perform ďMy Country, íTis of Thee.Ē
Inaugural organizers also did not immediately respond to requests for comment on why the musical plans were changed at the last minute.
The use of a recording is typical in big events. In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was questioned about ďhand-syncingĒ for Obamaís first inauguration. Ma said instruments werenít functioning properly in 19-degree weather.
Even in good conditions, producing good sound can be a challenge in a large open space.
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