The only thing that was allegedly real about Beyonce yesterday (January 21st) were those Lorraine Schwartz emeralds she sported. A source from the Marine Corps Band that accompanied the singer during her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner told the Daily Mail that Beyonce opted for a pre-recorded track.
Due to a number of reasons, inaugural performances are always pre-recorded as a precautionary measure. However, it’s up to artist to decide whether or not to go live or to use the track as a safety net.
“We did pre-record it and it was Beyoncé’s decision at the last minute to go with the pre-recorded version,” an anonymous spokesperson told The Times of London (via the Mail). ”This is our 54th inauguration… There is no question of there not being any music – it’s not because the performer cannot do it.
“That is certainly the case when it comes to Kelly Clarkson, who performed before Beyonce and decided to forgo the prepared back up by actually singing live.”
Kristin Dubois, a rep for the band, told Page Six: “All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day. 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 (sic) reason why.”
The Washingtonian noticed that the band members were pretending to play their instruments, according to Time.
The singer dropped hints via Instagram last week, indicating that she wouldn’t be singing live on Inauguration Day. Photos featured sheet music to the National Anthem, and Beyonce playing instruments with a band member.
Let us remember the only person who properly belted out the National Anthem. Live.
Smoke and mirrors, Beyonce. Smoke. And. Mirrors.