USMagazine, Thursday, January 31, 2013, 1:00pm (PST)
Confessions of Beyonce. Beyonce appeared at a Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans on Thursday Jan. 31 -- and before she took questions from reporters, she gave an unexpected performance of "The Star Spangled Banner." Looking stunning in a long-sleeved white dress, the superstar, 31, asked her audience, "Will you all please stand?"
The Grammy winner then proceeded to sing the National Anthem live, with no accompanying music -- and no pre-recorded backtrack. And, once that live performance was done, Beyonce admitted that she did, indeed use a backing track last Monday in Washington, D.C. for her much-speculated rendition of the same song at President Barack Obama's Inaugruation.
"I am a perfectionist," she 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."
She added: "I love haters."
As sources had previously told Us Weekly, Beyonce explained that she sang along in her own voice last Monday to a "pre-recorded track." But when it comes time for her Super Bowl performance this Sunday Feb. 4? Beyonce will "absolutely be singing live," she assured reporters.
"She did sing," a source previously told Us. "There was a [pre-recorded] track, but Bey sang 100 percent." The confusion began after a rep for U.S. Marine Corp Band told several media outlets that the superstar chose to lip-synch over a track at the last minute.