January 23rd, 2013
05:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Update: Inaugural official says Beyoncé ‘did not sing live’

Washington (CNN) - An inaugural official who asked not to be identified told CNN Wednesday that pop star Beyoncé lip-synced her performance on Inauguration Day.

"She did not sing live," the official told CNN. A pre-recording of the artist's rendition of the National Anthem was played instead. What was heard by spectators and viewers was the sound of that recording, according to the official.

The official said Beyoncé made the decision herself the night before Inauguration Day.

Beyoncé arrived so late Sunday night she did not have time to rehearse with the U.S. Marine Band, which was asked to accompany the pop star's performance, according to the inauguration official.

"Because she didn't have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band," the official added. "It was all Beyoncé."

The official was somewhat puzzled by Beyoncé's decision, noting when she made the pre-recording, "she was spot on."

She recorded her part separately from the band and her rendition was married with the band's music, the official said.

The taped performance should take nothing away from her skills as a live artist, the official said. "She's actually a very good live singer," the official added.

CNN has still not received comment from Beyoncé.


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  1. Mark

    Lip-synced at the inauguration is a joke. Just sing like the rest of the singers did. This was not a concert performance. this was an historic event. She is supposedly a professional. Show up early and rehearse like the rest.

    January 23, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Suzanne

    Who cares? And, what the heck difference does it make if she did or she didn't? Are there no more things we need to be concerned about? It was a lovely performance - what more matters?

    January 23, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. david suyer

    Well, she wanted to be a part of history, now she will be. She is the one person in history to be too lazy to show our American Anthem the respect it deserves when it means the most.

    January 23, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Name

    She sing very good and i really like her alot

    January 23, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Jerry

    It's not like anybody would take notice of yet another fraud at an Obama inauguration........

    January 23, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  6. Karen

    So what! She could have had a cold or was hoarse. CNN shame on you for making this breaking news. You never mentioned Benghazi during the presidential campaign and all of the reports until now.

    January 23, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Marie Pirolo miami beach fl

    who cares we all know she has the most beautiful voice and one of the most beautiful women in the world......

    January 23, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  8. The Donald

    Wait o minute did the tax payers foot the tab?
    If so why didn't we get our money's worth.

    January 23, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. stevemix74

    Why does that matter? Do you media people ever find time to report on something that actually matters. Let's get the next big scope and get out 15 minutes of fame. Perhaps you could do it live next time!

    January 23, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Respect

    It’s disrespectful to the President. Her singing is not in question. Why wouldn't you give him the respect to sing live?

    January 23, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. stevemix74

    Why does it really matter? Perhaps one of you media people that knows everything and does everything exactly right could be the person to sing the next time it was required. Get you 15 minutes of fame some place else. Leave the young lady alone for heavens sake!

    January 23, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. Carrie

    She needed the computers to make her sin perfect. Kuddos to Kelly for doing it all natural!

    January 23, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. John

    I heard from a source that she woke up late and didn't lke her make-up so she had her body double stand in and lip synch the song to her recorded performance.

    January 23, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. don in albuquerque

    I know, I know. We should make Beyonce testify right beside Hillary. This has to be a socialist, communist action perpetrated by the Obama people. Call Rand Paul, or better yet McCaine and get the hearing started today! Why is this news?

    January 23, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Corporal

    She makes millions of dollars a year to perform. The least she could do is sing our National Anthiem live. It's not how well a person sings it, but the meaning of the song itself. Why cut corners on one of the last things we have in American that hasn't been butchered, banned or changed? Now it's just being pre recorded and just the motions gone through? It's an honor to sing our Anthiem, and dishonorable to fake it. I agree with the other commentator, how we have much more important things to worry about, but if something this embarrassing is in the spotlight, why not point out the mistakes and fix them?

    January 23, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. She is creepy , anyways

    her voice is not the best..

    January 23, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Billy joe jim bob jones

    Her talent isnt singing.. its.. umm.. hmmm.. need some help here.. anyone ?

    January 23, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Randy Foster

    My God, I cannot believe this has gotten the media attention that it has. Has anyone ever tried to play a brass instrument in extremely cold temperatures? It is very difficult to achieve proper embouchure on a metal mouthpiece that's at 10 degrees fahrenheit. So, the Marine Band and Beyonce recorded their piece. It was the best option in this case. I can't fault her , or the Marine Corps Band for doing it.

    January 23, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Jamie

    Kelly Clarkson sounded great. Beyonce is a good singer, she should have done it live. Kelly is just a bit better IMO, and not so image oriented, maybe that is why she just puts it out there.

    January 23, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. Who?

    "Beyoncé arrived so late Sunday night she did not have time to rehearse"

    She must have gotten off late at her job at Wal-Mart.

    Poor gurl.....

    January 23, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. PC Wizard

    NEXT!!!!....See Beyonce LIP SYNC at the SUPER BOWL!!!!! What a SHAM.....It is a DISGRACE for the Super Bowl

    January 23, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Reasonably

    And in other news...sorry, my mistake..."other" implies this was news. Which it's not. Move along.

    January 23, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. Craig

    Wow! I'm glad to know that so little is going on in the world that we can dedicate so much energy to this! Thank-you CNN!!!

    January 23, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. schaz

    To repeat someone else's earlier comment. Who cares?

    When anyone who complains can do as well, even with a full range of studio effects available to them, I might listen to their complaints.

    January 23, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. barb

    You're right. Who cares, so much more important stuff going on. I think what's irritating people is that she implied she was singing live by pulling out the earpiece.

    January 23, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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