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Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem

By KATE STANTON, UPI.com
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Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem
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Beyoncé's flawless performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" was one of the highlights of Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony Monday morning. Viewers watched in awe as the 31-year-old singer even pulled out her earpiece mid-way through the song without missing a beat.

But according to Tuesday reports from Washingtonian and The Times of London, Beyoncé lip-synced her way through a pre-recorded version of the national anthem, while the U.S. Marine Corps band pretended to play their instruments [UPDATE: The New York Post debunked reports that the band didn't play live].

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The Times' Nico Hines wrote:

A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol.

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In the days prior to her performance, Beyoncé shared a photo of herself in what appeared to be a recording studio with members of the Marine Corps Band.

CNN's Jim Acosta confirmed the Times' report over Twitter:

Washingtonian points out that cold weather during 2009's inaugural ceremony prevented Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman prevented the musicians from playing live.
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Watch it again to decide for yourself:

Here's audio of Beyonce's sound check before the ceremony for idea of how she might have sounded singing live on inauguration day.

UPDATE:

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Kristin Dubois, a representative for the U.S. Marine Corps band, told the New York Post denied reports that the band only pretended to play.

“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," Dubois said.

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