Beyonce's fans have reacted to the news today that the superstar allegedly lip synched during her performance of 'The Star Spangled Banner' for President Obama's inauguration ceremony yesterday, with many saying they're disappointed with their music idol.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Corp Band, which provides the music for the Inauguration, appeared to confirm today that Beyonce did not sing live. According to the rep it's standard procedure to record a backing track before a big live event such as yesterday's, just in case things go wrong. The source alleges though that Beyonce decided to use the track at the last minute and lip sync instead of singing live:
Kristin DuBois for the U.S. marine Corp Band added to The Post “We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyonce was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”
Fans were soon taking to twitter in their thousands to comment on the reports, with a very mixed reaction. Many stuck up for the star:
"@SpillsTheTee So Beyonce lip-synced yesterday. Kinda disappointing but what artist doesn't at some point?"
"@Ka_REEEMa Stop hating on #beyonce for lip singing! Half of you couldnt even sing to one person live, yet she does all the time. #PureTalent"
Others referred to the moment when the star removed her ear piece during the song, which would be a pretty staged move if she wasn't singing live:
"@Judah_Karis Gotta give it to Beyonce for selling the performance tho. She even took out her earpiece mid song for dramatic effect."
Meanwhile some seemed tired of the constant rumours surrounding Beyonce, chalking this one up to just another bit of speculation:
"@dinahpowers The Beyonce lip-syncing allegations are just as ludicrous as the her not really being pregnant rumors. I WONT BELIEVE IT!!"
Whilst there has been a lot of support, other fans seem disappointed with the singer:
"@designedmemory and what good is practicing down to the last minute if you are not gonna sing? come on !"
"@YoungAmy hate beyonce. yeah girl, u dramatically take that earpiece out. oh wait, ur LIP SYNCING. it's one thing to fake it, another to over-fake it."
"@jewjars why did beyoncé lip sync she doesn't need to she has killer voice live :( disappointed in you b"
Finally Jess Dweck, a writer for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, added some humour to proceedings with the comment: "@TheDweck Wow, Beyonce is just like us. She lip-syncs to Beyonce."
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