Amidst the festivities of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, reports are surfacing that during the President’s ceremony yesterday, Beyonce lip-synced the “Star Spangled Banner” to a pre-recorded track.
“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” Kristin DuBois, a rep for the United States Marine Band told Page Six. “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.”
While the news of a lip synched performance comes as a shock to many in the online world , it’s not uncommon for inaugural performances to be pre-recorded.
According to DuBois, all music for inaugural ceremonies is pre-recorded as a precaution.
“That’s something we’ve done for years and years. The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyoncé wanted to use the recording.”
Beyonce has yet to comment on the situation, but she did post photos on her Instagram, just days before the performance as she prepared a pre-recorded version of the national anthem