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Beyoncé admits Inauguration Day lip-sync
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer

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."

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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.

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Jan 31, 2013 6:48PM
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  Top of the line recording artist who makes millions of dollars selling her albums (sorry ) C-D's, I'm showing my age, but , C'mon with your supposed talent you can't sing Live , what are you that insecure or have issues with LOW self Esteem ( I love that word) that you can't sing the National Anthem  for some fear of not  doing it "perfect"....Rosanne Barr did it at a football game and "Nailed it!!  And She is not a singer at all!!!   What a total disappointment, Your about as good as Milly-Vanilly, I guess, Oh that's it,  they forgot the wind machine, ....total BS....
Jan 31, 2013 6:46PM
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She lip-synced.....professionals don't do that. Kudo's to her for admitting it. But when you go see an artist, you want to hear them sing.......not a recording!
Jan 31, 2013 6:43PM
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Beyonce,

 

Writing from Nassau in the Bahamas. We are proud of your performance too.  I watched it and saw that your throat was moving.  At one point I thought that I could hear an echo. which meant you were singing.  

 

What a powerful performance it is so important to get things just right,  wish more people would be as meticulous about what they do.

 

I had goose bumps and thought it perfect.  Congratulations.

Jan 31, 2013 6:42PM
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This is no different than Lance Armstrong taking PED's to enhance his performance.

We would all like to see the "real deal" when it comes to anything. Whether it's singing, bicycling, running, body building, whatever. Singers enhance their voices and its not the real thing. I don't approve of it

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