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Beyoncé lip-synced the National Anthem at Obama’s inauguration (video)

Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem at Obama's inauguration, according to the New York Times. A photo of the singer at the inauguration. Beyonce performs the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration for U.S. President Barack Obama on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.   Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Beyonce lip-synched the National Anthem at Obama’s inauguration, according to the New York Times. A photo of the singer at the inauguration. Beyonce performs the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration for U.S. President Barack Obama on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Remember that soaring moment when Beyoncé took out her earpiece right in the middle of singing the National Anthem during President Barack Obama’s inauguration? Well, it turns out she didn’t need it.

According to a report from the New York Times, sources in the Marine Corps Band have confirmed that Beyoncé’s performance was lip-synced to a recording conducted from Sunday night. Beyoncé and the band were told at the last minute that the recording — rather than a live performance — would be used for the anthem, according to Marine Corps Spokeswoman Kristin duBois. This was after the band had already played a solid two-and-a-half hours of live music, the report goes on to say.

duBois told the New York Times it is standard operating procedure for the inauguration to use pre-recorded music, mainly in case inclement weather makes it impossible for musicians to stay in tune. Four years ago, Yo-Yo Ma and three other string players used backing tracks during their performance at Obama’s first inauguration because of the bitter cold.

While Beyonce relied on a backing track, TMZ is reporting that Kelly Clarkson, sang “My Country ‘Tis a Thee” without any help.

“We all know Beyonce can sing… We don’t know why she chose to use the pre-recorded track,” a rep for the Marine Corps told TMZ.

Beyoncé posted this Instagram photo of herself pre-recording the anthem on Sunday night.

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Pop music blogger Allison Sylte is a Fort Collins-based writer and regular contributor to Reverb.

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