Tuesday 23 January 2018

Beyonce mimed Barack Obama inauguration Star-Spangled Banner rendition

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

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, Telegraph.co.uk

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