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Beyonce mimed Barack Obama inauguration Star-Spangled Banner rendition

Published 22/01/2013 | 19:43

IT has been reported that Beyoncé mimed her rendition of Star Spangled Banner at Obama's inauguration yesterday.

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For millions watching on television, Beyonce's soaring rendition of America's national anthem was the highlight of Monday's presidential inauguration ceremony.

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,

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