Beyoncé just can’t catch a break. The singer performed “The Star Spangled Banner” yesterday at the 2013 Inauguration and was praised endlessly for what most deemed a flawless rendition. The compliments extended to her glamorous sartorial statement as she wore an Emilio Pucci gown accented by a lavish Christian Dior fur and Lorraine Schwartz jewels. She was the picture of perfection as she sang with power, poise and ease then shared intimate kisses and hugs with the President and the First Lady.
But before she even stepped off Capitol Hill, the criticism ensued. Many remarked that she appeared to be lip-syncing and then a United States Marine Band representative, Kristin DuBois, confirmed their suspicions to Page Six. “All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” she said. “We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyonce was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”
All signs seem to support DuBois’ statement. The Washingtonian reports that “it was evident that the band wasn’t actually playing during the song.” And Beyoncé herself posted photos on Instagram with a recording device holding “The Star Spangled Banner” sheet music.
But why should it matter? Most performances of the National Anthem are pre-recorded though one of the greatest (if not the greatest) performances to date, that of Whitney Houston at the Superbowl in 1991, was reportedly live.
Some feel that Beyoncé’s dramatic gesture of ripping out her earpiece added fuel to the fire. During her performance, viewers were shocked that she took it out but ascertained she’s such a great singer she doesn’t need it. As it turns out, it was unnecessary because she wasn’t actually singing. Furthermore, the U.S. Marine Corps band representative made a point to acknowledge that Kelly Clarkson sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” live.
Beyoncé’s talent is indisputable at this point, yet some feel this compromises her credibility. What are your thoughts, Clutchettes and Gents?