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?

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  • Winning Yve

    I do think people give Beyonce a harder time than necessary on some occasions. But most of the scrutiny is invited in by Beyonce herself and her team. That moment was not about Beyonce’s big comeback, so the theatrics of ripping out the earpiece, flailing her arms, and the facial dramatics was typical Beyonce/Sasha form but it does invite the critics and cynics. It’s the same issue with whole “fake baby” controversy. Nobody would even really care if she hadn’t announced her pregnancy at an award show and create a big dramatic scene but she doens’t know how to do anything else.

    I never knew Whitney lip synced the National Anthem and it’s only until now that those rumors are circulating. Beyonce has a history of lying and being called out on those lies so now that she’s back and has revealed how incredibly “powerful” she thinks she is, the cynics are gunnin for her…

    When you put yourself on a pedastal and have a nickname like “Beysus” you are not going to get away with the same things other people got away with. Beyonce, Beyonce’s team, and Beyonce’s stans have gone into overdrive promoting the idea that she is not of this world and is the best most amazing woman ever. Then they all get surprised and start puttin up the defenses and demanding mercy and understanding when it turns out Beyonce is a human like the rest of us and is subject to faults and mistakes. Then we have to watch some staged tell all interview or documentay highlightingh her “humanity” and “vulnerability.”

    The same was done to MJ. This level of scrutiny is what happens at the level she’s at and wanted to be at.

    • Wow

      Agreed! There is a time and place for everything. Believe it or not people…….the Presidential Inauguration is a sacred event. Your right to worship the devil or stay at home on Sundays came with a price. This chick does not get that because she is dumber than a box of rocks.

      Sure be diva glam all you want. Great…but god damn….know when to shine and know when to take several seats. The day would have gone perfect had she not made this spectacular engagement.

  • Tina

    Beyonce wanted the glory of an inaugural performance (& while she may not have sung, she did perform) but she didn’t want to put in the work. She thought the Superbowl performance was more important and she practiced for that instead of taking time to practice with the Marine Corp Band. They should have found someone who thought it was worth taking the time to go through live rehearsals.

    • On instagram you can see her in the studio with the Marine Corps band. How is it you know she practiced for one more than the other? From what I understand it’s quite customary and common to pre-record vocals and music for occasions such as this because of how important they are. The cold weather alone could have had an impact on her voice and/or the musicians so better safe than sorry. Besides, there’s video that sounds like she’s singing live OVER the recorded track which would make sense that it’s there for backup in the event of any difficulties. Two layers of vocals. *shrug*

    • tina

      How is it you know she practiced for one more than the other? The director of the band she wouldn’t rehearse with revealed it.

      – Marine band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn revealed Beyonce only had one day to prepare for the gig since she has been busy rehearsing for America’s Super Bowl half-time show next month (Feb13).
      On Monday he told news website Buzzfeed, “As soon as we get information from the Presidential Inaugural Committee (about) who the guest artists are going to be, we make contact with them, find out how we can prepare arrangements that will really kind of flatter their voices – of course in the right key.
      “Beyonce, she’s getting ready for the Super Bowl, so we didn’t have a chance to do anything with her until last night (20Jan13).”

  • ChaCha1

    I don’t get the big deal since her presence wasn’t the highlight or focus of the inauguration…or maybe it was since everybody is talking about it.

  • Blue

    Hey…she can actually sing so what’s the big deal? I have a problem with people who can’t sing to save their life & need autotune to help them along yet they get paid millions of dollars cause tone deaf people contiune buy their albums while the people with real talent are unknown to most.