It suddenly became the next day’s water-cooler conversation, but did Beoncé actually lip-sync the U.S. national anthem during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration back in January 21, 2013?
By: Ringo Bones
Lip-sync or not, hardcore Beoncé fans who are with her from the beginning of her Destiny’s Child days no longer cared whether if there’s any truth to the alleged lip-syncing of Beoncé Knowles when she sang the U.S. national anthem – Star Spangled banner – during the rather chilly day of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration back in January 21, 2013. But those who do frequently point out that Aretha Franklin didn’t do any lip-syncing when she sang the Star Spangled Banner during President Obama’s first Presidential Inauguration back in 2009 – a rather unfair comparison?
Major news networks in America recently ran a story after they did an investigative report on the Beoncé national anthem debacle that she did both sing live and lip-sync with a prerecorded track. Scrutiny of Beoncé singing that was broadcasted have shown that parts of it have both background noise and her own rather muted singing after it was passed through a 25,000 dollar Fast Fourier Transform used to analyze audio signals.
Given that the prevailing weather over Washington, D.C. back in January 21, 2013 is rather chilly compared to President Obama’s first Inauguration back in January 2009, the prerecorded track only served as a back-up track if Beoncé’s vocal chords would come “under the weather” on that rather chilly Monday M.L.K. Day morning. And it’s been proven that singing ones heart out in such chilly weather can be hazardous for one’s prized vocal chords. Even the late, great Italian Opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti once employed a prerecorded backing tape of his singing Star Spangled Banner when asked to sing in sporting events during unseasonably cold weather.