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Beyonce Lip Sync Confirmed, Inaugural Official: ‘She Did Not Sing Live’

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Beyonce did lip sync the National Anthem, according to an Inauguration official who spoke to CNN.

“She did not sing live,” said the official, who refused to reveal their identity. A prerecorded version of the “Star Spangled Banner” was played instead, and that’s what people heard.

According to the official, the decision was made by Beyonce herself, and might have been informed by her late arrival on Sunday, which didn’t allot her enough time to rehearse with the U.S. Marine Band.

“Because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band,” said the official. “It was all Beyonce.”

As for the rendition that people did hear, it was a combination of her prerecorded vocals with the U.S. Marine Band filling in live.

“She’s actually a very good live singer,” the official added, and said they were “puzzled” as to why she decided to lip sync when it was clear from the prerecorded version that she could effortlessly nail the performance.

Bey’s been mum on the subject thus far and despite the public outcry has refused to release a statement. That may come any minute now, though. Stay tuned.

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