NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Beyoncé faced the music at a press conference Thursday before the Super Bowl, admitting that she did lip-sync when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day.
The singer said she's a "perfectionist" and wanted her performance for President Barack Obama to be a memorable one. She called the day "emotional."
"I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra," she said. "Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I'm very proud of my performance."
She opened her press conference in New Orleans with a live rendition of the national anthem. She asked those at the conference to stand before she belted "The Star-Spangled Banner," and after she said with a laugh, "Any questions?"
The superstar hadn'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.
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The halftime performance became 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," which was shown for the media just before Beyoncé spoke.
Beyoncé 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.
Ok ..I have a question ...why is it sooooo wrong for Beyonce to "lip-sync" ...but YoYo Ma and Izak Perlman to "play sync" at the previous inaugaration was A-Ok??? They admitted essentially the same thing ie "too cold to play" and THEY sat there and mimic'd their way through an entire performance ....no calls for them to apologize ...no mis-carriage of justice ...nothin ...go figure?
Also - and I always have to remind folks ...the supposed "greatest rendition of the National Anthem (and don't get me started about THAT lil ditty, derived from an old English drinking song LMAO), performed by Whitney Houston? Lip sync'd too. Fact is Beyonce was in a no win sitch ...if she lip sybcs, she gets crucified ...if she sings it live and her voice cracks (ala the Queen of soul at the last inaug), she gets ridiculed - " At least she'd a kept it real ..." Really? Ask Christina Aguilera what keepin it real with this song means ...she flubbed the lyrics and a call went out to crucify her. Beyonce will be fine ...girls got talent up the wazoo ...and lip syncing really doesn't bother me in the end ...I want the best performance possible.