Beyonce reportedly lip-synced her way through the national anthem during President Obama’s inauguration ceremony Monday.
What people heard was a pre-recorded studio track of her singing the “Star-Spangled Banner,”The Times, TMZ and CNN confirmed. Before Monday’s event, this photo on Beyonce’s Instagram account showed her in what appears to be a recording studio.
Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor also performed during the inauguration, and TMZ‘s source with the U.S. Marine Band says Clarkson sang live.
Mashable has contacted the Marine Band for comment and will update this when they reply.
President Barack Obama is preparing for all the musicians set to perform at his inauguration festivities by releasing an official playlist.
He released the 16-track playlist, which also includes music by some of his favorite artists, through the digital music service Spotify on Thursday. The list includes jams by Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Usher and fun. They will all perform at different inaugural events, which start Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Obama’s list also includes John Legend’s “Ordinary People,” “Firework” by Katy Perry, James Taylor’s “Your Smiling Face” and the “Glee” cast version of Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory.”
Other artists include Marc Anthony, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Cannon and Mindless Behavior.