The HOT 97 Morning Show


The biggest story is Beyonce lip–synching at President Obama’s Inauguration.


If these claims are true, then Beyonce lip sang for life that day and did a damn good job at it. Members of The Marine Corps Band that was accompanying her was the one who “ratted” her out. Supposedly, Beyonce pre-recorded the track with the band the night before the Inauguration and didn’t have time to rehearse because she was coming straight from her rehearsals in New Orleans for the Superbowl Halftime Show.

Beyonce wanted to play it safe and reportedly last minute told the band and everyone that she wanted to use the pre-recorded track. The Marine Corps Band however was playing their instruments during the Inauguration saying, "We don't know why Beyonce decided to use prerecorded music," a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band told the London Times, “All music [for inaugural ceremonies] is prerecorded as a matter of course, and 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 Beyonce wanted to use the recording."

They later released another statement saying, "The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyonce Knowles-Carter in the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony. However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event. Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances. Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."

She just wanted to make sure everything was going to go right since she didn’t have time to rehearse. All the other stars that performed live were able to actually rehearse with the band over the weekend! Beyonce did what she thought was the best thing to do!

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