NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Beyonce faced the music at a press conference Thursday
before the Super Bowl, admitting that she did lip sync when she performed the
national anthem on Inauguration Day.
The singer said she's a "perfectionist" and wanted her performance for
President Barack Obama to be a memorable one. She called the day
"I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the
orchestra," she said. "Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable
taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to
make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded
track, which is very common in the music industry. And I'm very proud of my
She opened her press conference in New Orleans with a live rendition of the
national anthem. She asked those at the conference to stand before she belted
"The Star Spangled Banner," and after she said with a laugh: "Any
The superstar hadn't spoken publicly since it was alleged that she
lip-synched her rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack
Obama's inauguration last week. Her critically praised performance came under
scrutiny less than a day later when a representative from the U.S. Marine Band
said she wasn't singing live and the band's accompanying performance was taped.
Shortly after, the group backed off its initial statement and said no one could
tell if she was singing live or not.
The halftime performance became a main focus of her afternoon press
conference, even though she'd likely rather concentrate on questions about her
set list for Sunday and her upcoming HBO documentary, "Life Is but a Dream,"
which shown for the media just before Beyonce spoke.
Beyonce has teased photos and video of herself preparing for the show, which
will perhaps be the biggest audience of her career. Last year, Madonna's
halftime performance was the most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance ever,
with an average of 114 million viewers. It garnered more viewers than the game
itself, which was the most-watched U.S. TV event in history.