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Beyonce lip-synced national anthem at inaugural

President Obama greets Beyonce at Monday's swearing-in ceremony in Washington. (Photo by The Associated Press)
President Obama greets Beyonce at Monday's swearing-in ceremony in Washington. (Photo by The Associated Press)
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013 02:54 pm
WASHINGTON — Beyonce used a pre-recorded voice track to perform her rousing rendition of the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration, according to the U.S. Marine Band.A band spokeswoman told news outlets Tuesday that the band was notified at the last minute that Beyonce would perform to the pre-recorded music. The band played their instruments live.

All inaugural music is pre-recorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances could interrupt the program.

A representative for Beyonce did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Kelly Clarkson's representative said she sang live to perform "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

The use of a recording is typical in big events. In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was questioned about "hand-synching" for Obama's first inauguration. Ma said instruments weren't functioning properly in 19-degree weather.

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