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NEW ORLEANS - Beyonce had a very bold answer for critics of her inaugural performance.

The Grammy award winning performer opened her Super Bowl press conference with a rousing two minute live rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, followed by an admission that she did indeed use a pre-recorded track while singing the anthem at President Obama's inauguration nearly two weeks ago.

MORE BEYONCE:Super Bowl halftime performance preview

"I am a perfectionist. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra for a live television show and a very very important emotional show for me one of my proudest moments," Beyonce told the assembled crowd at the New Orleans Convention Center. "I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration and I wanted to make him and our country proud so I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track. I'm very proud of my performance.

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