Alicia Keys Addresses Beyoncé Lip-Synch Claims
As the Marine Corp Band release a statement saying it was pre-recorded...
As we [uuid=a5b71aa0-03d3-4b8f-a1f6-626e55a27dee]Destiny's Child singer, telling Aretha Franklin - who sang the national anthem at Obama's 2009 inauguration - telling ABC News: "I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather.
"When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record."
Entertainment Weekly have since reported that The Marine Corp Band have released a statement confirming they DID perform to a pre-recorded track.
They claimed: "The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyoncé Knowles-Carter in the performance of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony," the statement reads.
"However, there was no opportunity for Ms Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration, so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event."
They added: "Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure or extenuating circumstances.
"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."
An official has since alleged to CNN that Bey decided to mime due to her lack of rehearsal time, telling the news organisation: "She did not sing live because she didn't have time to rehearse with the Marine Band [on Sunday], she decided to use her recording [for the performance] with the Marine Band."
The official added that her pre-recording of the track "was spot on", adding: "She's actually a very good live singer."