January 23rd, 2013
01:03 PM ET
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First on CNN: Inaugural audio boss on Beyoncé: 'It's something that Beyoncé should disclose'

Baltimore (CNN) - The owner of the company that ran the audio board used during Monday's inauguration ceremony tells CNN it's up to Beyoncé to disclose whether she was live or lip-syncing the National Anthem.

"What people heard over the system and on-air was Beyoncé singing the National Anthem and when she actually sang it is kind of a moot point," said Bob Goldstein, owner of Maryland Sound International.

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But during the course of an exclusive interview with CNN, Goldstein dropped several hints that the pop artist's performance was indeed pre-recorded. However, he was not willing to say definitively whether Beyoncé was lip-syncing.

"I don't believe it's up to us to have that conversation. I don't think it's a question that I should answer," Goldstein told CNN. "I think it's something that Beyoncé should disclose. I think it's up to her whether she wants to address the conversation," he added.

The U.S. Marine Band, whose music accompanied the singing sensation's performance on Monday, initially stated through a spokeswoman on Tuesday that Beyoncé "was not actually singing" the Star Spangled Banner. Hours later, the band backed away from the spokeswoman's remarks, releasing a statement that said the group was not in a position to know for sure.

Beyoncé pre-recorded a version of the National Anthem the night before the inauguration, the Marine Band disclosed. In her initial comments to CNN, the band's spokeswoman said that pre-recording was used. The band's official statement late Tuesday would only acknowledge that its own music accompanying Beyoncé was a recording.

The sound board used during Monday's inaugural ceremony.

Goldstein was willing to state that the inaugural ceremony's other two musical performers, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor, gave live performances.

"I can tell you that the other two were absolutely, all the way live," Goldstein said. "I can't tell you about Beyoncé because it's become an issue. And I don't think it's up to us to clarify the issue. I think it's up to her."

Goldstein defended the pop star's performance, whether it was "live" or "Memorex," as he put it.

"It was 100 percent her singing in either case. It's not somebody else singing the part for her. It's a hundred percent her. It was a hundred percent live whenever it took place," Goldstein said.

Asked about the audio board used during Beyoncé's performance, Goldstein declined to say whether its operator could hear the pop star singing. He also would not say whether the board operator played a pre-recording or the live performance.

After a long pause, Goldstein said, "I don't think I'm going to answer that question."

Publicists for Beyoncé have not returned CNN's calls for a comment on her performance.

Meanwhile, Matt House, spokesman for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said simply: "I refer you to Beyoncé's representatives and won't have any further comment."

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  1. Donna

    Let's see. Beyonce is a big supporter of Obama. The Marines are full of republicans. The Marines started this crap but then bowed out with an apology. Smells to me like another attempt by the American Taliban to make Obama look bad in any way they can. Beyonce was there for ENTERTAINMENT purposes. I don't care if she blew it out her bottom. It sounded a whole lot better than anybody I know – lip-synching or not. Geesh! You repubs really need to grow up.

    WOW.... simply WOW... so a grown up women makes a choice that others object to and you turn this into some kind of political blame game??? You need help.

    January 23, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Tree

    I dont care, its all good. No news here. She was great...............

    January 23, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. Bjorn

    So? A puppet pop singer at the inauguration of a puppet president. What could be more appropriate? And by the way, Be-yonce, I also don't care much for your "interpretation" of our National Anthem. I've heard your rendition of that song twice now and have cringed both times because it's obvious that you are singing it to bring glory to yourself rather than the Anthem. Sing it right, woman. It doesn't need your "soulful" embellishments.

    January 23, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Dan5404

    Who really cares? This is a totally inane topic to even talk about. I was a bandleader and vocalist for 40 years, and it certainly appeared to be a live performance. If not, it was perfectly executed and was a very appreciated performance by a million people at the Mall and millions more who watched on TV. Singing outside in very cold weather and physically removed from the band is very difficult, and I certainly would have availed myself of every aid available to make it a memorable event. The Obama critics will pick any miniscule topic to try to ruin the historic and patriotic event, and no one has confirmed or discounted anything. It's the same old "guilty until proven innocent" routine that is the mantra of the ultra-right.

    January 23, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "WOW.... simply WOW... so a grown up women makes a choice that others object to and you turn this into some kind of political blame game??? You need help."

    "WOW.... simply WOW...

    So much anger directed at others for what is truly a non-story of the least importance ... yes? I won't go as far as to say you need help ... instead I'll just suggest you need more concrete distractions in your life. Whether or not Beyonce lip synced isn't exactly what I'd term a life shattering experience that requires the unleashing of your defensive claws.

    January 23, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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