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Monday 21 April 2014

Beyonce accused of lip-syncing

Beyonce 'sings' the national anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in at the US Capitol in Washington (AP)

Beyonce used a pre-recorded voice track to perform her rousing rendition of the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration, according to the US Marine Band.

A band spokeswoman told news outlets the band was notified at the last minute that Beyonce would perform to the pre-recorded music. The band played their instruments live.

All inaugural music is pre-recorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances could interrupt the programme.

A representative for Beyonce did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Kelly Clarkson's representative said she sang live to perform My Country, 'Tis of Thee.

The use of a recording is typical in big events.

In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was questioned about "hand-synching" for Obama's first inauguration. Ma said instruments were not functioning properly in 19-degree weather.

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