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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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Maybe now everyone will see that Beyonce doesn't deserve all the respect she gets. She is in no way a positive role model to children, because well dancing half-naked in your own music videos isn't encouraging. Faking a performance isn't encouraging, it just promotes laziness and half-assed work.

Kudos to Kelly Clarkson for blowing this bitch out of the water.

605 days ago

Mary Monroe    

I think it was really rude of her to lip sync she was honored to be there to sing so she should of did it live that's the whole point of being there. Kelly Clarkston nailed her performance and did it live with pride. At least if Beyonce did lip sync she should OWN IT and say that she did instead of trying to fool millions of people. Beyonce has no problem getting on stage it's her job it's what she does for a living she's no stranger to that.

605 days ago


All this anger is pointless. Oh well she's fake, she is this or that. So what... we do know is she's rich as hell and what y'all saying DON'T even matter it's not going to change nothing! If she messed up these comments would all be saying she should've lip synched smh idiots

605 days ago


She faked her singing like she faked her pregnancy.

605 days ago


Beyonce should have sang live because of the occasion &...singing in front of the nation and our President.. In any other profession the real you is expected! This should apply to a professional trained singer as well!

605 days ago


I feel like bey is an amazing artist and could have performed it live ....however she didn't the music was good but ......the problem is because is was not sung live I feel it lacked the emotion that you saw is Kelly's performance .....I love Kelly and I think she sounded amazing could tell she was exited to be there singing for Obama..bey`s performance seams theatrical !

605 days ago

code jefe    

Kell's blew it down i could listen to her single of this song over on repeat ;)

605 days ago


Kelly doesn't come across as a diva. In other words, she isn't "too good" to sing live. Good for her!

605 days ago


Very unprofessional for a special event.

605 days ago


You can just tell if someone lipped or not by their facial expressions in attempting the song. These songs are very difficult to sing outdoors with no acoustics to help. You can see the effort in Kelly Clarkson's face while none in Beyonce's.

605 days ago


I would rather listen to beautiful Beyonce lip sync than listen to homely Kelly Clarkson scream (thats what her singing sounds like) anytime!

605 days ago


Kelly Clarkson was amazing.

Check out behind the scenes from the camera men. They said, "Wow", "she was cute", and another says "Amazing". Kelly always sings LIVE, and she slayed it. All this media coverage over Beyonce is political because she is singing at the Superbowl. Kelly deserved more media coverage than Beyonce. Apparently, the weather didn't bother Kelly, she hit some amazing notes. Give her the credit she deserves. (She is a 4 time grammy nominee this year may I remind some folks, 6 time overall and a 2 time Grammy winner.) We all know Beyonce can sing, but Kelly deserved equal coverage if not more because she did sing LIVE. She was unbelievably good.

605 days ago


Omg who cares

605 days ago


Kelly Clarkson deserved far more media coverage than Beyonce. IT's a political move because she is singing at the Superbowl. Beyonce is a good singer, but she should have sang live like Kelly. Kelly deserved more props because she slayed it. She was amazing.

605 days ago


No one is saying Beyonce can not sing, but let's give Kelly proper credit. She was amazingly good singing live in such cold tempertures. All these artists coming out like Aretha saying oh it was the weather, it was can bother your voice. Really? Kelly did it.

605 days ago
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