January 22, 2013


Beyonce Lip-Synced the National Anthem: Why It Isn't That Big of a Deal

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Everyone needs to take a deep breath for a second—yes, Beyonce lip-synced the National Anthem at the presidential inauguration. But we're all going to get through this together.

The United States Marine Corps band has confirmed with Fuse that Beyonce's voice was, in fact, a pre-recorded track, but the Marine band did perform live throughout the event. The band received notice last-minute that Beyonce was to use the pre-recorded track for the performance of the National Anthem, but the band wasn't given details as to why.

Before you delete your "I Love Beyonce" playlist, relax. This is not a Milli Vanilli situation—and this kind of thing happens all the time. Remember Whitney Houston's jaw-dropping version of the National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl? Viewers were actually hearing the studio version. Jennifer Hudson also lip-synced the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 2009, and Faith Hill lip-synced "America The Beautiful" at the same Super Bowl. Performers also lip-sync regularly during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Sorry to break it to you, but lip-syncing is entirely standard procedure when it comes to live events of this magnitude.

If you're still mad about it, go look at Beyonce's GQ photos again. Ain't nobody upset about those.