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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.

Better singer

  • Kelly
  • Beyonce
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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286.

daisy     

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....

449 days ago
287.

Atsilawaya    

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

449 days ago
288.

IdiotsRhere    

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

449 days ago
289.

IdiotsRhere    

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

449 days ago
290.

IdiotsRhere    

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

449 days ago
291.

Yeah Right    

That was NOT lip syncing. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2013/01/beyonce_lip_syncing_at_the_inauguration_musician_mike_doughty_says_she_was.html

Furthermore Beyonce is extremely talented.
http://youtu.be/cxvXDqAehWs one of her best acoustic performances.

448 days ago
292.

LSNewYork    

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.

448 days ago
293.

Classylady    

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

448 days ago
294.

Classylady    

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

448 days ago
295.

peter griffin    

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

448 days ago
296.

Jen    

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.

448 days ago
297.

Julie    

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.

448 days ago
298.

peter griffin    

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

448 days ago
299.

Kelly    

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

448 days ago
300.

TPF    

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.

447 days ago
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