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.
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
I'm so sick of moronic haters!!! You talentless wonders don't know the first thing about music or singing.. or performing and yet you're quick to criticize someone who's one of the best performers ever -- hands down.
Beyonce said she lip synched, but in fact she did not. First of all, lip syncing requires you to fake like you're singing -- no sound comes out of a lip synch. If you doofwarps that keep calling her performance fake had a lick of sense you'd know that she was singing over a track of HER OWN VOICE with the same strength and verocity as the real thing. (did you see the vibratto tremors coming from her vocal chords -- that was REAL you stupef!*%#s!) What haters can't comprehend - because again, haters are typically talentless nobodies, is that a singer performing in the conditions she was performing in (open air) find it hard to hear themselves over the amps that are projecting all the other sounds. Singing over a track of HER OWN VOICE made perfect sense. You do realize that was Beyonce you were listening too right dooshbags?
But what am I going on about -- I don't need to explain Beyonce to a bunch of airheads -- she just gave a press conference where she blew the f##kin' roof off! Acapella too dammit!!! So if you don't know NOW ya' know.