But was it live or was it Memorex, as the famous commercial asked?
To close observers, it appeared the performer was not singing live.
“It was evident” that the Marine Corps Band “wasn’t actually playing during the song — even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into their instruments,” the Washingtonian reported.
In an exclusive report, The Times of London wrote, “Beyoncé did not sing the national anthem live … that she was lip-syncing to a pre-recorded backing track.”
A spokeswoman for the band said it was standard procedure to record a backing track, and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to use the studio recording, according to The Times report.
The Washington Post was quick to come to the pop singer’s defense, pointing out Tuesday that Whitney Houston’s rendition of “Star Spangled Banner” at the 1991 Super Bowl — widely regarded as the greatest ever heard from a pop singer — was lip synched.