| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Beyonce used pre-recorded anthem at inaugural

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.
By The Associated Press
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, 3:10 p.m.

WASHINGTON -- Beyonce used a pre-recorded voice track to perform her rousing rendition of the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration, according to the U.S. Marine Band.

A band spokeswoman told news outlets Tuesday that the band was notified at the last minute that Beyonce would perform to the pre-recorded music. The band played their instruments live.

All inaugural music is pre-recorded in case weather conditions or other circumstances could interrupt the program.

A representative for Beyonce did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Kelly Clarkson's representative said she sang live to perform "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

The use of a recording is typical in big events. In 2009, cellist Yo-Yo Ma was questioned about "hand-synching" for Obama's first inauguration.

Ma said instruments weren't functioning properly in 19-degree weather.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Four helicopters respond to Route 51 crash in Rostraver
  2. Steelers plan to use smart pass rush against Seattle QB Wilson
  3. Steelers notebook: Linebacker Timmons hoping for contract extension
  4. Penguins 4th line showing promise
  5. Small stores take big gamble by not upgrading credit card readers
  6. Phipps winter show glows with holiday warmth
  7. LB Kwiatkoski sentimental about WVU traditions entering final home game
  8. Plan ahead to force yourself — and bulbs — out of winter doldrums
  9. Despite injuries, Penn State’s Nelson ‘thankful’
  10. Yahoo investors losing patience with ‘star’ CEO Marissa Mayer
  11. Gorman: Penn-Trafford’s Topper not defined by ‘the miss’