By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Beyonce is set to have a big year and she is already with yet another scandal that appears to be nothing more than a fabrication from the press. The R&B singer and international superstar is posed to release her fifth studio album this year, a documentary on HBO, as well as rock the stage as the headline act for this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Beyonce is also proving why she and her husband Jay-Z were easily labeled as Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity Couple in 2012 after inking yet another multimillion dollar deal with Pepsi. So it’s clear that being a new mom hasn’t slowed down the star much.
However, a recent scandal involving her performance at President Obama’s second Inauguration ceremony may pose quite the dilemma for the singer.
Originally it was speculated by the London Times that they thought it was highly possible that Beyonce lip synced at the Inauguration. Since we live in an age where the media will run with anything because scandals equal more page views in an Internet driven world, the story spread like wild-fire, and certain tabloid publications took a quote from someone in the Marines as the gospel and even twisted it.
Now a spokesperson for the Marines claims that Beyonce did in fact record a prerecorded track of her performance, but it was the band’s part of the song that was not live. The Marines apparently did not want to play live due to the cold weather, and it was confirmed that Beyonce sang over the pre-recorded track.
The Wall Street Journal even confirmed with video that the singer sang live, and claims the microphone feedback was clear enough in the footage they obtained that there should be no doubt that Beyonce did not lip sync.
Of course, most media organizations won’t run with the new information and that’s surely because in the media, we’re quick to judge but slower to correct ourselves.
Either way, here’s the video (from the Wall Street Journal) that proves Beyonce did not lip sync, but actually sang along to the track. Her live voice was heard loud and clear.
In related news, interestingly enough, more quotes from Beyonce’s interview with GQ are making rounds on the Internet. In the latest quotes, Beyonce finally addresses how she feels about malicious rumors that are created about her on a regular basis. In particular, she admits she found the one about her faking her pregnancy silly.
“I felt like I kind of had to protect my mother, because when people made up the silliest rumor about me not really being pregnant. She was there when I went through all of those things. And my sister. They were very, very defensive. It’s not personal to me, and it comes along with the job, but the lack of respect—people will just go too far sometimes.”
Could this current Lip Sync situation be proof that people do take things too far? Well, considering that the controversy made more headlines than a Texas school shooting, Beyonce may have a point.