Yesterday morning, everyone was a-flutter with praise for Beyonce: Both her 80 carat emerald earrings and her stirring rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” at Obama’s Inauguration (yay America!) had quite an impact on the internet. But by the afternoon, word had spread that Bey might have Milli Vanilli’d — And rather than belting it out live, chose to lip-sync to a pre-recorded track instead (the 80 carat earrings remain to be seen as the Real Deal Holyfield).
There’s no doubt that Queen B could have done it on the spot (Her live concert DVDs make me weep), but why’d she go the way of The Jigging Simpson?
Captain Kendra N. Motz, Media Officer of the U.S. Marine Band (who were set to accompany Bey), said that “Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances.” So maybe she got cold feet? Literally?
No matter the reason, everybody needs to calm down and let their “outrage” subside. Even if she didn’t sing it on the spot, can we all agree that the woman can act a song like nobody’s business?
Besides, there was definitely a silver lining for American Idol alum, Kelly Clarkson, who sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and totally killed it. (Also, she was photobombed by Bill Clinton, which is a dream unto itself). Kelly got some much-deserved positive attention for her performance, and her rep was quick to confirm that she “did sing live!” I feel like a lot of people forget how talented she is and instead choose to focus on her fluctuating weight or her television origins instead. Plus she’s totally adorable and engaged and happy and any other day of forever, Beyonce would have overshadowed everyone, stolen the spotlight, named it Fuschia Monkey Grass and copyrighted the hell out of that shit.
Now, let’s just all try to forget that From Justin to Kelly ever happened and get on with our lives.
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