January 23rd, 2013
05:21 PM ET
2 years 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. Ted

    Well with all the fakes in charge in DC why not one more, Free pass.

    January 24, 2013 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  2. Kevin

    This fits in right on the mark with the democrats. The product is fake, but it sounds good.

    January 24, 2013 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  3. Kman66

    Another FAKE, just like Obama. How perfectly fitting.

    January 24, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  4. momzna

    At least, Obama did not lip-sync the oath. Perhaps, he should. :-)

    January 24, 2013 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  5. bankrupt1

    Is beyonce american? or another country?

    January 24, 2013 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  6. Charlotte

    Bring back Aretha!!!

    January 24, 2013 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  7. ICare

    i care that these overpaid performers dont perform. this is so disrespectful to our president, his wife and to let the presidents children think this is ok is outrageous. cheating is cheating whether it be in the classroom, the store or on stage. when you are rich you can do anything and tell the world screw you. haven't hear from her?...and you wont she is far too above it.

    January 24, 2013 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  8. gabc

    Who cares? she did a great job, this from an elderly woman who doesn't even know who she is! All the crap going on in this world and this is news?

    January 24, 2013 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  9. Dapsta

    Finally a victory for the truthers

    January 24, 2013 04:43 am at 4:43 am |
  10. Angel

    All I Can Say Is.... Who Cares!!! She Can Sing, We Know That... Why Is This Even On CNN?? This Isn't Really News..

    January 24, 2013 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  11. Name

    Who cares why do we care really I don't like beyonce anyway so this isn't even news. Its petty and dumb. All singers lip sync. This is as bad as the story about lance armstrong. All athletes do some kind of drug.

    January 24, 2013 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  12. Gysgtgusmc

    Fake performance for a fake president. Who cares.
    What is more distrubing is the Marine band faking it. This is what happens when you hire people to pretend to be Marines. They lack integrity.

    January 24, 2013 05:04 am at 5:04 am |
  13. Gysgtgusmc

    A little respect for our national anthem would be nice too.

    January 24, 2013 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  14. pws

    Dan...yes we do have time to talk about this. Normally I would say no, but since the people don't care that secretary of state Clinton and the president lied about Benghazi we might as well talk about this. Like the other "rock stars", seems people are also willing to give this rock star a pass even though she has been exposed for the no-talent poser that she is. Seems like when it comes to music or politics the public has been dumbed down.

    How about this, instead of going to work today why don't you put a cardboard cutout of yourself at your desk and see how well that goes over. What's the difference, it looks like you're there and we all know you could do the job if you really wanted to. No different than what Beyonce did.

    January 24, 2013 05:17 am at 5:17 am |
  15. Mema

    Only because it's Beyonce is it OK? No one else can lip sync without public backlash, what makes her special? I personally hate the way she sings, I like words with one syllable to stay one syllable. There were a couple of words that had about 20 syllables when she was done with them! So carry on lip syncher, carry on! Kudos to Kelly C. for giving a live performance! I was wondering why the band seemed to drown her out and Beyonce was so clear! All questions answered.

    January 24, 2013 05:36 am at 5:36 am |
  16. Jay

    It's only news because those in power attempted to crush the grunt who pointed it out. Classic "might is right" mentality and response when those with power and authority got caught in a lie–and then tried to cover it up. They never learn.

    January 24, 2013 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  17. Richard

    A tempest in a teapot. All those who fault her should try singing the Star Spangled Banner outside on a cold day before a million people without previousl rehearsal with her accompaniment. Most of us have difficulty singing it anywhere as it is. And if she had tried to do it and was not perfect, everyone would be complaining about that!

    January 24, 2013 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  18. Paul

    She should have to pay back any appearance/performance fees paid by the American taxpayers. This is unacceptable. An honest days pay for an honest days work. These artists are all overpaid in the first place and then to lip synch? Come on, Beyonce. Get real!!

    January 24, 2013 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  19. Paul

    No. She should get no free pass on this. You think I'd get paid for services not perform. I think not. Neither should she.

    January 24, 2013 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  20. Daniel

    Really... This is in the political ticker? Please fire whoever wrote this article and then never do this again. Horrid!

    January 24, 2013 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  21. Frankcis

    Lies for the liars.

    January 24, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  22. paulm5545

    And the only ones making a "debate" or issue about it is the news media. CNN Blitzer even said something to the effect of, "And oh, what a debate it is!" Really...(yawn).

    January 24, 2013 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  23. Triple A

    This is not really that big of a deal, she fits right in with the mantra of this administration. The BHO can't talk with out a teleprompter. Beyonce arrived late and didn't practice... That was her excuse. She must have been real honored to be able to sing, well I mean fake sing at this charade... and what about those 1.8 Million dollar earrings? How did one of those evil rich people get invited??? Oh that's right your only evil rich if you don't follow the party line. Hypocritical at best but then again to a Liberal there is only one side of a story anyway.

    January 24, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  24. neal kelley

    Give me a break... Who cares.. we know she is an awesome singer.. so why should this be an issue?

    January 24, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  25. empresstrudy

    As if that her makes her a less untalented fat hack.

    January 24, 2013 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
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