UPDATE: Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf backed off the Marine Band’s earlier statement: “Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance,” the story now goes, “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.”
snitch rep for the United States Marine Band crushed everyone’s dreams on Tuesday, confirming to multiple sources that Beyoncé lip-synced her incredible performance of the Star-Spangled Banner at the inauguration.
“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” said Kristin DuBois, the band’s rep, to Page Six. “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.”
Given the flurry of reaction to the news, at least Beyoncé can find some comfort in the fact that Rep. Peter King knew who she was, unlike Jay-Z.
Of course, Twitterers were all over this news:
That Beyonce lip synched @ inauguration doesn’t necessarily mean she fakes orgasms.
— Dr. Ruth Westheimer (@AskDrRuth) January 22, 2013
Beyoncé allegedly lip-synced at the inauguration. I feel like this is my version of all that Lance Armstrong drama.
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) January 22, 2013
— Russell Schaffer (@RussOnPolitics) January 22, 2013
Other fake things at Obama’s Inauguration besides Beyonce’s lip-synching incident: Biden’s teeth, Boehner’s tan, and the GOP’s applause.
— Not Bill Walton (@NotBillWalton) January 22, 2013
I don’t care if Beyonce lip synced or shot ping pong balls out of her glow hole.It all pales to the mentions of Seneca Falls and Stonewall
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) January 22, 2013
We are in day 15 of the Beyoncé Lip Sync Hearings. Mr. Gohmert please continue with your questions.
— keptsimple (@kept_simple) January 22, 2013
Let this lip-synching controversy be a lesson to all those who dared compare Beyonce’s tinny voice to Whitney Friggin’ Houston. RIP Godbless
— amil (@amil) January 22, 2013
Someone needs to codify the rules for acceptable public lipsynching. It was so much simpler in the Milli Vanilli era
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) January 22, 2013
Something something Beyonce something something hip-hop BBQ
— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) January 22, 2013
The greatest lies perpetrated on the American people by its government: The Mexican War; Gulf of Tonkin; Iraq WMD; & Beyoncé lip-synching.
— netw3rk (@netw3rk) January 22, 2013
Full disclosure: My whole Twitter account is lip-synched.
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) January 22, 2013
honest question, if beyonce did lip synch, why did she rip her ear piece out in the middle of her performance?
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) January 22, 2013
BUT WHY DID SHE RIP OUT THE EARPIECE
— jessica testa (@jtes) January 22, 2013
ZOMG I just checked the video and I think the First Lady’s eyelashes are FAKE TOO
— delrayser (@delrayser) January 22, 2013
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) January 22, 2013
Beyonce lip-synching does matter. Fans rightly expect live performances to be live. It’s the whole reason to go to concerts.
— Sasha Belenky (@ambelenky) January 22, 2013
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@daveweigel I was more alarmed by “Obama’s On FIre”.
— Luke Dones (@lukedones) January 22, 2013
an angel just lost its wings – Confirmed: Beyoncé Lip-Synced the Star-Spangled Banner buff.ly/WdpHfd
— Nic (@Nicole_Hardesty) January 22, 2013
Beyonce is the NY Yankees of pop music – impressive & unstoppable, but also distant, imperious & unsympathetic.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) January 22, 2013
— Shawn Hollenbach (@shawnhollenbach) January 22, 2013
Beyonce did not lip sync. She doesn’t live that life
— Tim Webb(@tpwebb15) January 22, 2013
This is like finding out all the other members of N Sync were straight.
— Joel Pavelski (@joelcifer) January 22, 2013
— Bobby (@bfinstock) January 22, 2013
— no really, I’m acid (@lickmeimacid) January 22, 2013
Folks, calm down-Beyoncé did not lip-sync. She just threw her voice from speakers.
— Steve Climaco (@jjammerzs) January 22, 2013