But a spokeswoman from the band which accompanied her yesterday has claimed that the singer did not sing the American National Anthem live, but lip-synched.
A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band explained to The Times that it was normal proceedure to record a backing track of the vocals, and that Beyoncé chose to use this version instead of perform live to close the inauguration ceremony.
The spokeswoman said, "We did pre-record it and it was Beyoncé’s decision at the last minute to go with the pre-recorded version.”
“We pre-recorded all music as a matter of course and have done since time immemorial,” she said. “This is our 54th inauguration…There is no question of there not being any music – it’s not because the performer cannot do it.”
Beyoncé's performance of Star Spangled Banner was performed on the Capitol in Washington DC, as part of a run of musical events to celebrate Obama's second inauguration. Kelly Clarkson sung My Country ‘Tis of Thee and James Taylor performed America the Beautiful.
- Alice Vincent, Telegraph.co.uk