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Did or didn't she? Beyoncé questioned on lip-sync

WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's no question Beyoncé's rendition of the national anthem was a roaring success. The mystery: Was it live or lip-synced?

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told news outlets that Beyoncé had lip-synced at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Master Sgt. Kristin duBois said the band was notified at the last minute that Beyoncé would use a prerecorded voice track.

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But by late afternoon, the Marine Corps backed off that statement.

Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf said that because there was no opportunity for Beyoncé to rehearse with the Marine Band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised. Instead they used a prerecorded track for the band's portion of the song.

"Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance," Wolf's statement continued, "no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."

A representative for Beyoncé did not respond to requests for comment.

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DuBois declined to answer further questions. Earlier in the day, she told The New York Times that the rest of the inaugural performance was live and they did not know why a recorded track was used for the national anthem.

"It's not because Beyoncé can't sing. We all know Beyoncé can sing. We all know the Marine Band can play," she said.

Kelly Clarkson's representative said she sang live to perform "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)."

All inaugural music is prerecorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances interrupt the program.

The use of a recording is typical in big events. In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was questioned about "hand-syncing" for Obama's first inauguration. Ma said instruments weren't functioning properly in 19-degree weather.

1928Comments
Jan 22, 2013 12:15PM
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She's no better than Lance Armstrong!  Strip her of all awards! All of her money!  And then the worst punishment of all....MAKE HER GO ON OPRAH!!!!!!!!
Jan 22, 2013 12:14PM
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She didn't think that the inauguration was important enough to sing it live?  Proves what people have been saying for years - she can't sing!
Jan 22, 2013 12:14PM
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Actually  the anthem is frequently lip synched in large venues like stadiums since the  PA delay ifs really hard to deal with for a singer regardless of talent level.
Jan 22, 2013 12:13PM
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Come on, She did a wonderful job and the critics can't stand the talent she possess. Go Mrs. B. you showed up and showed out. Peace.
Jan 22, 2013 12:12PM
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Who cares!!!!  Still her voice and to me, better than making a mistake in front of milliions of people.  People make too much hype over nothing! !
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