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Beyoncé to finally face media in New Orleans
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY , AP Entertainment Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP)  Beyonce is expected to face the media Thursday as she previews her halftime performance at the Super Bowl. But the focus will likely be on her performance at that other big event earlier this month.

The superstar hasn't spoken publicly since it was alleged that she lip-synched her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration last week. Her critically praised performance came under scrutiny less than a day later when a representative from the U.S. Marine Band said she wasn't singing live and the band's accompanying performance was taped. Shortly after, the group backed off its initial statement and said no one could tell if she was singing live or not.

It's expected that the halftime performance will be a main focus of her afternoon press conference, even though she'd likely rather concentrate on questions about her set list for Sunday and her upcoming HBO documentary, "Life Is but a Dream." The documentary is being shown for the media just before Beyonce speaks and takes questions, as expected.

There has been plenty of speculation about Beyonce's Super Bowl performance, including reports there would be a Destiny's Child reunion with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland (Williams has shot down such speculation). Some are also curious about whether her husband, Jay-Z, will join her onstage, as they often do for each other's shows.

Beyonce has teased photos and video of herself preparing for the show, which will perhaps be the biggest audience of her career. Last year, Madonna's halftime performance was the most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance ever, with an average of 114 million viewers. It garnered more viewers than the game itself, which was the most-watched U.S. TV event in history.

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42Comments
Jan 31, 2013 1:24PM
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Beyonce... just as fake as the president she supports

Jan 31, 2013 11:02AM
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I'm sure that she wanted to so a perfect performance for the President.  She can do no wrong in my eyes. Aretha's voice broke when she sang, I'm sure that had something to do with Bey's decision.
Jan 31, 2013 10:35AM
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Beyonce, whatever you did and how you did it, I'm very proud of you.  You stood up there with courage, you've encouraged me by going back to school and made the Commander In Chief and Ms. Michelle very proud regardless.
Jan 31, 2013 9:56AM
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I have many friends and blood related family members of different ethnicities and when I see the comments on here it truly sickens me, not to mention the fact that "we're" still pondering whether she sang it live or pre-recorded. You cowardly, ignorant ,closet racists need to stop spreading your negativity in our fragile world....the good ones are trying to wade through this mucked up world to be productive, take care of our families, ourselves, spread love, light, hope, etc. Go sit in a corner with your fixation on skin pigment and stare at the wall....stay off the internet. That's all. Peace & Blessings to all the positive open minded people out there...One Love!
Jan 31, 2013 9:50AM
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Great voices know how to work it,,Aretha Franklin did it in the bitter cold,,and ive seen the film of Marion Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial,,Great talent knows how to work it !!!
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