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Kelly Clarkson

Sorry Beyonce,

I Sang LIVE at Inauguration

1/22/2013 9:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Kelly Clarkson doesn't compare to Beyonce -- because Kelly actually sang her song LIVE yesterday at the Presidential Inauguration ... TMZ has learned ... unlike Beyonce, who lip-synced to a pre-recorded track.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Corp Band -- which provides the music for the Inauguration -- tells TMZ, Beyonce mouthed the words to a pre-recorded studio version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

But the rep added, Kelly sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" WITHOUT the help of a backing track.

The rep said it's standard procedure to record a backing track before a live performance such as this -- you know, just in case -- and Bey decided at the last minute to rely on the studio version instead of winging it in person.

The rep added, "We all know Beyonce can sing ... We don't know why she chose to use the pre-recorded track."

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walloopia    

Liked them both but Hudson was my favorite

534 days ago
152.

Shelby    

I'm sure most of the time these artists are lip syncing! People go to concerts and pay just to see that! Dummies!

534 days ago
153.

LCS27    

Good old times when US voted for the great singers, like Kelly and great presidents. Now people vote for this fake president and cute white guys with guitar who can barely sing a note.

534 days ago
154.

Pat    

There were also rumors that Jay-Z was giving Beyonce cough drops that day, so to Beyonce's defense, maybe she wanted to use the track because she was sick...?

534 days ago
155.

LIsa    

Why even have a performer if they are going to lip sync? Just stick a cardboard cut out of them up there with a microphone in their hand.

534 days ago
156.

me    

WHY did Beyonce choose to lip sync? Well, that's easy! She is not as talented of a singer as Kelly Clarkson, and she knows it! She is so used to singing on stage with tons of backup and flash around her, that when the focus is entirely on her and her alone, she knew she could't handle. Beyonce needs to get back to her roots, and this is Exhibit A.

534 days ago
157.

tucker    

Shocker. Another no talent, studio singer with a flashy stage show. And of course the President and his wife are star struck. Embarrassing.

534 days ago
158.

Mike    

I thought that Kelly Clarkson sang great at the inauguration. That girl has a heck of a powerful voice. She sang her heart out. I said "wow" like Sen. Schumer did after she finished singing.

This lip syncing by Beyonce while Kelly Clarkson didn't has gotta be embarrassing for Beyonce since she is supposed to be a singing sensation like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

Gotta say Beyonce disappointed me ... especially since she lip synced for President Obama's inauguration. That performance is supposed to be "the real deal". Oh well.

This makes Kelly Clarkson look really good. She had the guts to go up there and risk screwing it up and she hit it out of the park.

534 days ago
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morrow2013    

beyonce probably wants to save her voice for the Superbowl halftime show. Come on people.

534 days ago
160.

Mike    

Beyonce better now "lip sync" at the Super Bowl or she's going to get a ton of criticism and disrespect. Better practice like crazy Beyonce. The fans want to hear her sing "live" at the Super Bowl.

534 days ago
161.

Meanie    

Fake talentless hack.

534 days ago
162.

tb    

@JB. That earpiece move was SO ridiculous. How the heck do you need to remove an earpiece when you're not really singing and the music was already tested to be at the perfect volume for lipsyncing?

Kelly did a great job. I'm not the biggest fan of Beyonce, but I do think she can sing well live. And if she was invited to the event to sing live at the event, she should have done so...if you're going to lipsync, there really isn't a need for you to be there IMO over someone else who is willing to actually use their talent.

534 days ago
163.

Ms. Realistic    

Her singing is alright...nothing to brag about, and her dancing,,,don't get me started on that seizure shake she always does. If she didn't have a cute face she wouldn't be famous.

534 days ago
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morrow2013    

Beyonce will receive criticism if she wants it. But as far as i know there will be millions of more viewers watching the superbowl than obamas second tenure as president.

534 days ago
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CECE     

In this day in AGE who can really sing? The more popular you are the less performance we will see, it seems! But who are we to complain we created these little Monsters! lol

534 days ago
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