Una Mullally

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Oh say can you B?

BeyoncĂ© delivers an amazing performance of the American national anthem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday. But… did she lip-sync? Say it ain’t so Beyonce. Some mouthy Marine band member has been blabbing about Beyonce’s ability to rawk it …

Tue, Jan 22, 2013, 10:28

   

BeyoncĂ© delivers an amazing performance of the American national anthem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday.

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But… did she lip-sync? Say it ain’t so Beyonce. Some mouthy Marine band member has been blabbing about Beyonce’s ability to rawk it live. No one believes Beyonce about anything; her pregnancy, the fact that she may have frozen previous members of Destiny’s Child cryogenically just so she can wake them up on occasion to slag them off, forcing Solange to be indie. I can’t even remember if she’s married or not given the number of times she has diverted those rumours. However, I am standing by Beyonce at this difficult time, so I’ll give you my professionally biased appraisal of the situation.

1. Of course they’ll have a stand by track in case her mic cuts out.

2. Was there a band backing track? Perhaps the confusion surrounding the talk of a ‘pre-recorded track’ is related to the sound feed from the band, which when I was watching the stream live, seemed quite loud, yet had been mixed better when I played it back on ABC. Basically, what I’m completely unfoundedly accusing the Marine band of is deflecting the attention from their possible miming to a Beyonspiracy.

3. But it LOOKED like she was singing live. This is the real kicker, because I never would have thought Beyonce was lip-syncing, and not to blow my own pre-recorded trumpet, but I’m pretty good at picking up on that stuff. B was clearly having audio problems, pulling out her in-ear monitor LIKE A BOSS half-way through the anthem to go at it without what can be a very irritating piece of equipment. If she was lip-synching, then the very least that she deserves is J-Hud’s Oscar.

4. I still love you Beyonce.

So ultimately, I do think she sang live. If that turns out to be true, well, Beyonce, I don’t even know if I can LOOK AT YOU anymore. I could not deal with such a Beyoncetrayal.

The Washington Post thinks maybe she did sing after all.