It’s the latest celebrity story to get blown WAY out of proportion.
Following news that Beyoncé’s “Star-Spangled Banner” performance at the presidential inauguration on Monday was probably lip-synced, the singer has come under fire for doing pretty much what every other act in pop music has been guilty of.
Questions have been blasting across Internet waves: Did she lip-sync? Did she not? Did she sing with a recorded track? Does it even freaking matter?
Meanwhile, Bey’s response to the headline hoopla seems to be: Whatevs…
Though the “Single Ladies” singer and goddess of all things hip-hop has yet to officially respond to the reports, she did post photos of the “Star-Spangled Banner” recording session on her Tumblr.
Black and white images show Beyoncé holding sheet music for the song, singing into a microphone with headphones on, and then listening back to the track.
The latest in the Beyoncé-gate lip-sync controversy is that she was too busy prepping for her upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance and she didn’t have the time necessary to rehearse with the band.
A rep for the Marine Corps Band has come out and confirmed that the band didn’t play live, but refused to comment on what was going on in the Beyoncé department.
“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,” a statement from the band's PR reads.
This, of course, after the director of the band, Col. Michael J. Colburn, already mentioned that Beyoncé did use a pre-recorded track.
Recorded or not or both... It was definitely Bey’s non-effected voice that you were hearing. So, perhaps we should just move on with our lives and look forward to the Super Bowl.