Beyonce sings the National Anthem as President Obama, right, holds his hand over his heart at the Capitol. H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY
Washington (CNN) - Pop star
Beyoncé opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the National
Anthem during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday, a spokeswoman
for the U.S. Marine Band tells CNN.
"We don't know why the decision was made," U.S. Marine Band
spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said. "She did not actually sing," DuBois
added, noting Beyoncé lip-synched her own voice.
DuBois said Beyoncé "pre-recorded" the song the evening before Inauguration Day, after rehearsing with the U.S. Marine Band.
According to the band's spokeswoman, such pre-recordings are "not unusual."
Recording musical performances prior to inauguration ceremonies are a necessity in case something should go awry, says DuBois.
"You can't have an inaugural without the National Anthem."
CNN has reached out to Beyoncé's representatives for comment.
American cellist Yo-Yo Ma was forced to use a pre-recording during
President Obama's first Inaugural four years ago, due to frigid
"We all know Beyoncé can sing and the Marine Band can play," DuBois
said. "I've been with the band 14 years. It's not unusual," DuBois
Many inauguration viewers may have also noticed Beyoncé pulled her
ear piece out during her performance. But DuBois did not have an
explanation as to why the pop star removed the ear piece.
The Times of London first reported the story.
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