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Beyoncé Lip-Synched at Inauguration, Says Band

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Was Beyoncé Knowles really lip synching during her emotional rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at yesterday's Presidential Inauguration?

A rep for the United States Marine Band — which provides the music for the Inauguration — says that at the last minute the superstar indeed did decide to perform with a pre-recorded track.

“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” Kristin DuBois, a rep for the band tells Page Six. “We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyoncé was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why (sic).”

At one point during her performance Beyoncé dramatically pulled her earpiece out, which is an odd move if she wasn’t singing live.

As for Kelly Clarkson's mesmerizing performance of "My Country 'Tis of Thee," a rep for the U.S. Marine Band tells TMZ that Clarkson did sing live.

omg! has reached out to a rep for Beyoncé but has yet to hear back.

If Beyoncé did lip sync she isn’t the first star to do so at an iconic time. When Whitney Houston performed her rendition of the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl her vocals were also pre-recorded.