Beyoncé‘s near-perfect rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Monday’s inauguration for President Barack Obama drew worldwide praise, but now the singer is under fire for allegedly lip-syncing the National Anthem.
United States Marine Corps. media officer Capt. Gregory A. Wolf revealed the farce in a statement to E! News.
“The Presidential Inaugural Committee requested that the Marine Band accompany Beyoncé Knowles-Carter in the performance of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ at the 2013 Inaugural Ceremony,” Wolf said. “However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event.”
Knowles has yet to issue a public statement on the controversy, but she is hardly the first superstar caught faking it on stage. Check out more of Hollywood’s most infamous lip-syncing scandals:
Houston’s powerful performance of the National Anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl was hailed as one of the greatest live performances of all time… only it wasn’t actually live.
“The music was pre-recorded, and so was the vocal,” Houston’s former musical director Rickey Minor told ABC News in February 2012. Despite the lip-syncing drama, Houston’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” went on to hit the top 20 on the Billboard charts. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
After being awarded the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1990, Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan of Milli Vanilli came under intense scrutiny by MTV execs who believed the “Girl You Know It’s True” duo were lip-syncing their performances.
Chuck Philips of the Los Angeles Times unearthed the truth: Pilatus and Morvan didn’t sing any of their songs. Shortly after the bombshell dropped, the pair came clean to the paper. “The last two years of our lives have been a total nightmare,” Pilatus said ”We’ve had to lie to everybody.” The group was stripped of their Grammy and has remained in lip-syncing infamy ever since. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
Talk about embarrassing. Jessica Simpson’s younger sister Ashlee’s attempt at a music career totally flat-lined after one doomed “Saturday Night Live” performance in 2004. Simpson was scheduled to perform two songs off her new album, “Autobiography” and “Pieces of Me.”
Unfortunately for Ashlee, the vocals for “Pieces of Me” blared through the speakers during the wrong song and the farce was revealed. In an attempt to distract the audience, Simpson broke out into what can only be described as a strange jig. She later apologized for the incident, and blamed the lip-syncing on severe acid reflux. (Photo: NBC)
Elton John put longtime-enemy Madonna on blast for lip-syncing during his Q Awards speech in 2004. “Madonna, best live act? [Expletive] off. Since when has lip-syncing been live?,” John said. “Anyone who lip-syncs in public onstage when you pay to see them should be shot.”
A rep for Madonna quickly fired back at the accusations. He said, “Madonna does not lip-sync, nor does she spend her time trashing other artists. She sang every note of her Re-Invention tour live and is not ashamed that she was paid well for her hard work.” (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
A booming, beautiful voice isn’t the only thing former “American Idol” contestant Jennifer Hudson has in common with the late Whitney Houston. Like Houston, Hudson was panned by critics after it was revealed that she lip-synced the National Anthem during the 2009 Super Bowl. Hudson, however, didn’t have a choice. The musical director for the event required all songs to be pre-recorded because of the noise level in the stadium. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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