My first thought was, “My voice doesn’t even work in the morning, I couldn’t imagine someone telling me to hold a tune during that hour.” Not only that, but it is really cold in Washington D.C. this time of year. William Henry Harrison did not wear a hat or a coat during his inauguration and ended up catching pneumonia, dying a month later. So, you can imagine how the extreme weather would make for a difficult task of singing something with such a wide range of notes.
I seem to be the minority when sympathizing with Beyonce. People are reacting as if someone had just revealed Jesus was not born of a virgin. I’d first like to point out that this is not confirmed and may be false information being sensationalized all over the internet. However if it is true, I thought lip-synching wasn’t a new concept. The most iconic national anthem many would say was Whitney Houston’s Super Bowl performance. Later it was revealed that her performance was pre-recorded.
What do you think? Now knowing the national anthem might not have been performed live on Monday, does it make it less special? Was it unfair or deceiving that Kelly Clarkson sang live and Beyonce may not have, and both had celebrated performances? Or, do you not care? Is it better to hear something pleasant and on-key than out of tune?