Fans who marveled at Beyonce’s prowess when she ripped out her in-ear-monitor during Monday’s national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration might prepare to be a little disappointed.
Suspicions that the anthem performed by Beyonce and the U.S. Marine Corps Band used prerecorded backing tracks — as documented by L.A. Times reporters on hand for the inauguration, among others — were confirmed when Marine Corps band spokeswoman told the Times of London that Beyonce made a last-minute decision to use prerecorded music for her anthem performance.
“We did prerecord it and it was Beyoncé’s decision at the last minute to go with the prerecorded version,” the spokeswoman told British paper. “We prerecorded all music as a matter of course and have done since time immemorial,” she said. “This is our 54th inauguration .… There is no question of there not being any music — it’s not because the performer cannot do it.”