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The mystery of whether Beyonce lip-synched the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration is solved: She said today that she sang to a pre-recorded track.

Calling herself a “perfectionist” at a press conference tied to her appearance at the Super Bowl on Sunday, she said that she decided to sing to a prerecorded track becasue “I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a
live television show, and a very very emotional show for me, one of my proudest
moments, and due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound
check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and
the inauguration and I wanted to make him and my country proud.”

She said that the use of a prerecorded track is “very common in the music industry” and that she was still “very proud of my performance.”

In an ingenious way of tempering any criticism, Beyonce started the press conference by asking the reporters to stand up, and she belted out the “Star Spangled Banner,” for real. Video below.