Beyoncé threw shade on all her haters by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” live at a Super Bowl press event Thursday — proving without a doubt that she actually can sing. Not that she needed to.
The Grammy-award-winning artist hadn’t publicly addressed her Jan. 21 performance of the National Anthem at President Obama’s second inauguration, which press reports speculated had been lip-synched. Last week, a representative for the United States Marine Band told CNN and other media outlets that Beyoncé had pretended to sing along with a prerecorded track.
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“Any questions?” the singer asked the crowd at the New Orleans Convention Center after she totally killed the song.
Beyoncé went on to confirm that she had in fact used a backing track on the Washington Mall on Jan. 21. “I am a perfectionist,” Beyoncé said.
“And one thing about me: I practice ’till my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show…Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check…I did not feel comfortable singing live.”
Girl, we feel you. After all, it was the president’s day to shine, and though she did take part in the festivities, she wasn’t the focus. But the Super Bowl might be another matter. As one fan on Twitter noted, Queen B’s triumphant return may be the biggest story of the weekend:
It’s Beyoncé’s world, and the Ravens and 49ers are just living in it.
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