Beyonce Knowles' breathtaking performance of the national anthem at the presidential inauguration on Monday was reportedly not live.
A spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band confirmed to London's The Times
that "it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyonce decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol."
UPDATE: The Marine Corps Band has now released a second statement on the matter: "The Presidential Inaugural Committee requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyonce Knowles-Carter in the performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony. However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event. Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances. Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.
Kelly Clarkson's rep confirmed to ET that the current Grammy nominee did not lip sync her performance of My Country 'Tis of Thee.
Check out Beyonce's inauguration performance below and let us know: Do you think she's lip-synching?