Beyonce addresses lip-syncing controversy by singing the national anthem live
Beyonce addressed her national anthem lip-syncing controversy at a press conference in New Orleans on Thursday, January 31, by singing the song live in front of reporters.
The 32-year-old singer took the stage and asked the people in the room to stand as she subsequently belted out "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a similar arrangement used for President Obama's second inauguration on January 21.
The singer then fielded questions from reporters and explained why she chose to use a "backing track" for her performance at the inauguration.
Beyonce explained that she did it in part because she is a "perfectionist" and did not have time to rehearse with the U.S. Marine Band.
"I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra," she said. "Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I'm very proud of my performance."
When asked if she will use a backing tack for her Super Bowl halftime performance on February 3, the singer said that she will "absolutely" be singing live.
"This is what I was born to do," she added.
The controversy over her lip-syncing of the national anthem began the day after her performance when U.S. Marine Band spokesperson Kristen DuBois told CNN that Beyonce "pre-recorded" her performance of the "Star Spangled Banner" the evening before the ceremony.
"We don't know why the decision was made," DuBois said. "She did not actually sing."
Beyonce also dodged a question about a possible Destiny's Child reunion at the halftime show. When asked about the rumor, she simply replied, "I can't give you any details."
Beyonce is set to perform at the Super Bowl on February 3.