To me, this news is not surprising, because when I was watching Beyonce’s performance of The Star-Spangled Banner yesterday, I kept looking for signs she was faking it. I mean, Bey slayed yesterday.
She was perfect. Too perfect.
But she got me. When she ripped out her ear pierce I was thrown, because what was the point of that. Then I remembered Bey’s performance at the MTV Music Awards a couple years back and her big baby bump reveal on stage. Yes, she’s the ultimate STUNT QUEEN.
The London-Times is saying Bey stunt queened all over the Presidential Inauguration yesterday, because the lovely singing we heard yesterday wasn’t live, but a pre-recorded track. Oops at Bey:
A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol.
Yo Yo Ma pre-recorded his cello performance in 2008 because the cold weather and wind may have affected the acoustics of his instrument. Vocal performers, however, typically do perform live despite January’s icy conditions.
“We did pre-record it and it was Beyoncé’s decision at the last minute to go with the pre-recorded version,” said a spokeswoman for the band.
“We pre-recorded all music as a matter of course and have done since time immemorial,” she said. “This is our 54th inauguration… There is no question of there not being any music – it’s not because the performer cannot do it.”
It’s really not that big of a deal overall – most performers actually lip-sync at live events where the sound quality can be questionable. Whitney Houston did it best for the Super Bowl back in 1991. However, Whitney also didn’t rip her ear pierce out in an effort to convince the world she was singing live, either.
And in case you’re wondering about Kelly Clarkson’s amazing rendition “My Country Tis of Thee,” TMZ confirms Kelly did in fact sing it live.