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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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Standing out there for a good hour before the swearing in started it was freezing - and even if the singers came out just before POTUS it was still a good 45 mins before Beyonce sang. The problem isn't that she lip synced it's that everyone pretended she wasnt - it's very disappointing for the band who is excited to play live. Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman did the same thing 4 years ago playing their instruments and there was a similar "we've been duped!" moment. Really? Two of the best string musicians of the last century and people felt they were "faking"?? C'mon.... it's cold, you're sitting still, who can perform their best? Kudos to James Taylor and KC for doing it live, but don't let's be so precious about it....

617 days ago


Kelly did a wonderful job! and she sounded great :D could tell she took her performance very seriously!! <3 it

616 days ago


Listen to nytimes beyonce raw you can hear her voice over the track. She sang live. Its her damn voice. Tmz is pathetic reporting this with no facts and all you rac!sts

616 days ago


Stop cutting my comments off Tmz im informing your gullible readers of the facts lol priceless

616 days ago


Its confirmed she did sing live. Nytimes has the raw camera footage. I wonder will all the haters feel bad or just wait til another false rumor start. I know Tmz not gonna report the facts on Beyonce gossip sites never do. The staff is very lazy. Google works wonders Internet Explorer too sad and Enlighten called us ignorant. We're all ignorant in some ways but least im not gullible

616 days ago

Yeah Right    

That was NOT lip syncing.

Furthermore Beyonce is extremely talented. one of her best acoustic performances.

616 days ago


Some people say Kelly did not sound good because it was live and that Beyonce was the smarter. I don't think so, for someone who is supposedly that talented suck it up and sing live. I heard she got nervous... really... how many concerts has she done and can't sing in front of the President. Give me a break. Maybe it is because she did not know the words.... Others compare it to Whitney at the Superbowl, they should not be compared. The Superbowl is a sports event and this was a Presidential Inauguration. WTG Kelly you rock... Beyonce on the other hand should not be welcomed back... what a disgrace to the national anthem.

616 days ago


YIKES!!!!!!!! YIKES!!!!!!! YIKES!!!!!!!! KELLY ATE BEYONCE!!!!!

616 days ago


Y.K.A.B equals Yikes Kelly ate Beyonce!!!!!!!

616 days ago

peter griffin    

dammm OD beyonce how that **** u do that fake girl

616 days ago


She would have been better off being less than perfect live than doing this.

This is just a major insult. A lie is not a great way to honor your president. She should have been honest either by singing live or saying she did not feel well.

616 days ago


to be completely honest, I am ok with Beyonce lip snycing to her recorded version. Lets face it people, it is a huge deal to perform at the inauguration. Put it this way, do you do your job without reference materials, manuals, or any help? We all know the girl can sing, so what is the big deal. Get over it.

616 days ago

peter griffin    

dammm OD beyonce how that **** u do that fake girl

616 days ago


Beyonce sucks! Keep to dancing like your having a seizure on stage. Wanna be white girl. TRASH

615 days ago


Whom cares if she FAKES it or not, if she doesn't have enough respect for "The Star Spangled Banner" that just shows her ignorance. I don't care how much money she has, you can't buy class. And she and her husband have none.

615 days ago
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