Beyoncé’s accolade-winning rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the presidential inauguration was reportedly lip-synced.
A spokesman for the U.S. Marine Corps Band said the “Single Ladies” hit-maker was singing along to a pre-recorded version of the anthem, according to TMZ.com. Singing to a back-up track is said to be a standard practice for many live performers.
The pop singer had received high marks for her version of the patriotic tune that she performed following President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony.
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), who snapped an a up-close photo of Beyoncé and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, at the inaugural festivities on Monday, said after learning the anthem was apparently lip-synced, “Why ruin a good story?” He added to New York magazine, “She did a great job singing it and made everybody feel good.”
Beyoncé, who is headlining the halftime show at the Super Bowl next month, has not commented on the lip-syncing buzz.
UPDATE (4:00 p.m.) : A publicist for Beyonce didn't return ITK's request for comment.