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. James B

    How unfair to the other singers who sang on that cold day!! No one said it's not Beyonce's voice, we only say either all invited singers should have pre-recorded their songs or they all should have sung live.

    FAKE is FAKE, doesn't matter how you dress it up. All our respect for Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor!

    January 23, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  2. USwatcher

    She performed her pre-recorded performance well...and she looked good doing it.As a music fan...I would have preferred a live rendition.

    January 23, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. bugmetoo

    You can tell the people who wrote this article write the bull about Obama too.
    Just put up a picture of her at the superbowl and play a record.
    How unprofessional. Oh well, guess that's the standard these days. lip syncing, teleprompters, etc.

    January 23, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  4. kmac

    And the point is what?

    January 23, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. Mack

    Pretty lame decision. She arrived so late (why?) that she made the decision the night before? You're a professional performer....you'd never, ever lip sync a typical concert. Why now? Just weak, lame, and senseless.

    January 23, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  6. Noah

    If the organizers wanted a studio recording, why was she even invited to the ceremony?

    It would have been more honest to let us hear her voice recording with come image collage, some videoclips or something else of the sort, which would not have been the equivalent of a lie.

    January 23, 2013 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. Where'sWaldo

    Yes she did, and it sounded great. Pearlman and YoYo Ma did the same thing four years ago and it was great, too.I couldn't imagine trying to perform that beautiful duet under such harsh weather conditions. Marine Band was fantastic as was the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and the other artists. Report on something with substance – do you think this was the first time in the history of public performance that something was pre-recorded? Visit a studio sometime, you'll be amazed at what can be done.

    January 23, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  8. Darlene Buckingham

    And she copied Angrlina Jolies' style. Exactly the same combo black and emerald green jewellery that Angelina wore to the Oscars.

    January 23, 2013 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  9. chip

    I don't believe this whatsoever. She sent a picture of herself rehearsing the night before. Oh Whatever, it wasn't great anyway, and why did she have the recording with her. its clear this was planned ahead of time. And why are people pretending that she is such a great singer. Its easier to hide behind a band. She's not a singer, she is an entertainer. I don't know any music in which she is actually singing. Her songs are pop which are mainly talking not singing. And please don't say halo, because anyone can sing that! This is exactly what happens when celebrities are overexposed and trying to stay relevant.

    January 23, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. Jennie

    Ofcourse she didn't.

    The ceremony was horrible.

    January 23, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  11. bugmetoo

    can tell the people who wrote this article write the bull about Obama too.
    Just put up a picture of her at the superbowl and play a record.
    How unprofessional. Oh well, guess that's the standard these days. lip syncing, teleprompters, etc.

    January 23, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  12. bugmetoo

    You can tell the people who wrote this article write the bull about Obama too.
    Just put up a picture of her at the superbowl and play a record.
    How unprofessional. Oh well, guess that's the standard these days. lip syncing, teleprompters....

    January 23, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Name

    Kinda funny kinda sad. What did she forget the words?

    January 23, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. John Flower

    So the Marines were right after all. The story is true! Tell it to the Marines.

    By the way, Who cares is she lip synced?

    January 23, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Today

    Super Bowl pays more than Inauguration...Sorry Mr. President :))

    January 23, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  16. Oh say can you see that no one cares

    I'm lip-synching (actually finger-synching since I'm typing) this pre-recorded comment as it's only 7 degrees here and I can't really type live. HUGE SCANDAL NOW ENSUES!!!!!

    January 23, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  17. Wilbur Dugger

    Part of her entertainment job. Good job Beyonce!

    January 23, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  18. ChicagoLoop

    Live or not, Beyonce, you NAILED IT, GIRL!!!!

    January 23, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  19. Forthe313414

    Honestly, who the heck cares? It was probably best to play it safe....moving on...

    January 23, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  20. Dave Green

    Eh, it's entertainment news, about an entertainer, entertaining. hmm how not entertaining.

    January 23, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  21. superbole

    What difference does it make?

    January 23, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. Mike Morrison

    It's not that unusual for singers to lip-sync live performances.

    January 23, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. Henry

    Only the STAR can get away with cheating and still able to earned big money and fame. I say this STAR is lucky to have fans and worshipers as smart as some mentally challenged being in our society.

    January 24, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  24. Passion

    Regardless whether it was pre-recorded or not, it was still her voice and her rendition of the national anthem. Get over it and stop hating. Find something more important to report.

    January 24, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  25. Joel-B

    So much about NOTHING !!!!! She did a great job, but just how long ARE YOU ALL GOING TO BEAT THIS DEAD HORSE ???!!!

    January 24, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
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