So Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem at the presidential inauguration. After all we’ve been through this week with Manti Te’o and Lennay Kekau, she felt the need to add one more lie to our lives. As the president was sworn in, she was reportedly moving her lips while a pre-corded track played. With arms stretched out and veins popping out of her neck, she made the world believe was singing live. Yes, the late great Whitney Houston sang to a track during her unforgettable Super Bowl rendition of the national anthem, but the inauguration of the president of the United Stats is no sporting event.
The US Marine Corps reportedly issued a statement the day following the inauguration saying, “it had determined that a live performance by the Marine Band was ill advised because there was no opportunity for Beyonce to rehearse with the band” and they were reportedly told at the last minute that Mrs. Jay Z would be singing to a pre-corded track instead of along with the band. So Beyonce and her handlers didn’t have time to rehearse with the men and women of the United States Marines. This is clearly one of the many reasons I backed off from indulging in this year’s inaugural festivities. Instead of this event being about the people and for the people, it somehow became a glam show, a Hollywood event. They have their Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, sprawling mansions and million plus Twitter followers, let the American people have the inauguration.
The inaugural ceremony was not about Beyonce. But she felt the need to oust the Marine band so she could “sound” flawless. This wasn’t about her singing prowess or her ego. The presidential inauguration ceremony has never been an Oscar or Grammy performance. The national anthem is just that: an anthem. It’s not a ballad or a performance. No one is doubting Beyonce talents or ability to push out a song. She can sing. We all know this. But on such a humble and sacred stage, she made the moment about her. Mind you, Kelly Clarkson, also out in the same cold weather elements, honored the legitimacy and importance of the day and sang live.