Beyonce Front And Center In A Lip-Sync Row Over Her Star Spangled Banner Performance At President Obama's 2013 Inauguration

Beyonce: It’s Time To Speak Out And Put An End To The Lip-Sync Row

Beyonce’s brief ‘Lance Armstrong’ moment may be over.

Just one day after her stand-out performance of America’s national anthem, the row over whether Houston’s finest sang the “Star Spangled Banner live” or — inhale — lip-synced, has morphed into a full-blown career crisis.

The timeline of the row, fast even by 24/7 news cycle standards, began with a story written by Nico Hines for The Times of London — an exclusive, no less — who wrote:

“A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band [ Master Sgt. Kristin DuBois] said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version.”

That story was picked up and apparently ‘confirmed’ by Sophie Gilbert at the Washingtonian Blog, who, at 11:45 on January 22, stated:

“The London Times has confirmed our theory that Beyoncé was, in fact, lip syncing. See the video via YouTube.”

25 minutes later adding:

” ‘We don’t know why Beyoncé decided to use prerecorded music,’ a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Band told us this morning. ‘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 Beyoncé wanted to use the recording.'”

Cue mayhem, some undeniably hilarious posts from Jezebel and Gawker, as well as heavyweights like The Guardian, ABC News, USA Today, and everyone else.

Beyonce Front And Center In A Lip-Sync Row Over Her Star Spangled Banner Performance At President Obama's 2013 Inauguration
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