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Beyonce lip-synced national anthem at inauguration, Marine Band tells NY Post

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Beyonce performing the Star Spangled Banner at President Obama’s inauguration. Photo by WTTG-TV / FOX 5 DC. Beyonce performing the Star Spangled Banner at President Obama’s inauguration. Photo by WTTG-TV / FOX 5 DC.
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Halfway through her rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday, Beyonce dramatically did away with the earpiece that singers use to hear themselves and their bands in a live setting.

One viewer likened it to the gutsy move Luke Skywalker made in the dramatic chase scene in the original "Star Wars," tweeting: "Taking out the earpiece is Luke turning off the targeting system in the Death Star trench."

But now a rep for the United States Marine Band has confirmed to The Post that Beyonce was not even singing the song live.

She was lip-syncing.

The rep said that the multi-platinum singer decided to perform to a pre-recorded track at the last minute.

"All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day," Kristin DuBois told the paper. "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."

Sources also tell Fox News that Beyonce was a no-show at the inauguration performance rehearsal on the Capitol steps.

Calls to reps for Beyonce and the Marine Corps Band were not immediately returned.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/01/22/beyonce-lip-synched-star-spangled-banner-reports-say/#ixzz2IjPnKmOa

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