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Beyonce rumored to have lip-synced anthem at inauguration

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US singer Beyonce performs the National Anthem to conclude the 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremonial swearing-in of US President Barack Obama at the US Capitol on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)?
Beyonce reportedly lip-synced her divalicious rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Obama’s inauguration ceremony Monday.

The Times of London and the Washingtonian have both reported that the singer was not actually singing the US anthem, but mouthing over a pre-recorded track.

A spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band told the Times of London that “it was standard procedure to record a backing track” and that Beyonce had decided to rely on her studio version instead of risking a fudge at the Capitol on her friend Obama’s big day.

The Washingtonian presents further evidence, citing press sitting in front of the Marine Corps Band noticing that they were mimicking playing and conducting. They also think that Beyonce taking out her earpiece during the performance (memorialized in #8 of this laudatory round-up by Buzzfeed).

There was also her Instagram account, to which she posted two photos on January 20th — one of her holding sheet music of the Star-Spangled Banner at a mic in studio, the other of her with members of the Marine Corps Band behind her.

This isn’t the first time Beyonce has faced controversy. She was also accused of lip-syncing pregnancy with, rumors running the gamut from an artificially augmented bump to another baby on the way right after Blue Ivy.

As the Washingtonian concedes, pre-recording isn’t unusual for inaugural ceremonies — even Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman weren’t live at the 2009 inauguration.

But still, Beyonce … lip-syncing … the anthem … it just doesn’t seem right.

Say it ain’t so, Bey?

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