Bey Must’ve Got To ‘Em: Marine Corps Backtracks On Inauguration Lip-Syncing And Aretha Franklin Weighs In

January 23, 2013  |  

Source: AP

Ya’ll thought I was kidding yesterday when I said the Illuminati was going to get Kristin DuBois after she spilled the beans on Beyonce’s lip-synched Inauguration performance Monday. After the woman who presented herself as a representative of the US Marine Band told Page Six that Bey’s rendition was pre-recorded, the real spokesperson for the band came forward to clean things up just a bit.

According to the Washington Post, “Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf said that because there was no opportunity for Beyonce to rehearse with the Marine Band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill advised. Instead they used a pre-recorded track for the band’s portion of the song.”

“Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance,” Wolf’s statement continued, “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.”

I.e., Kristin DuBois next time someone comes up to you with a tape recorder in their hand asking for your opinion be quiet.

Unsurprisingly Queen Bey’s camp hasn’t said a word on this drama, but another Queen — the Queen of Soul — has thrown her two cents into the mix. When asked by ABC how she feels about Beyonce’s lip-syncing fiasco, Aretha Franklin said she thinks the whole situation is comical.

“When I heard the news this evening that [Beyonce] was pre-recorded I really laughed. I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather.

“When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record … next time I’ll probably do the same.”

Asked why she didn’t do the same in 2009 when she sang “America,” Aretha said:

“I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind.”

“In 2009, I wanted everything to be live and on the real side for the moment as it actually happened. Those were my feelings for my performance, but having come face to face with 28, 22 degrees I am not surprised [Beyonce] pre-recorded. She wanted her performance to be what she wanted to be and she realized it wasn’t going to be the way she wanted it to be or she was going to be running a risk. That’s probably why she pre-recorded exactly how she wanted it to be heard.”

And there you have it.


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  • scandalous7

    Thats what Beyonce gets for trying to be so inauthentically perfect. Now everything she does is criticized and speculated as being somewhat fake. Her pregnancy and now this. Maybe she needs to remind everyone that she is human. A lot of people want her star to fade.

  • Meyaka

    Once again, if everything beyonce does wasn’t hyped up as the best thing ever that Jesus himself tweeted and facebooked about it,She would not be the subject of so much critique,If you’re going to say things like “i am the hardest working woman in the industry” or”i am more powerful than my brain can imagine” Be prepared for people to challenge that. Kelly Clarkson killed it.

  • msconceptions

    Beyonce is an “Entertainer”, Aretha is a “Singer”. There is a difference. Beyonce entertained just like Madonna, Diana Ross and other similar icons would have. Aretha sang. Whitney sang. Tina Turner, Chaka Khan would have sang. For what it is worth, it sounded great and she looked fabulous. I was entertained as were millions who watched. Wasn’t that the point?

  • Shanice

    Know what I’ve noticed?
    People stating their opinions negatively over and over about the same person, who are “tired of her”, yet see to it to comment on EVERY story about her are not haters.
    BUT if a supporter says,”cute outfit”, “SLAY BEYONCE!” or the smallest thing, we’re stans.
    So, haters are not allowed to be called out but us “stans” are?
    Something black floating in my cup of Kool-Aid and I don’t want it anymore. smh

  • Why is one woman lip syncing headline news…… Beyonce wasn’t the first to lip sync and won’t be the last. Of course she isn’t as great as Whitney, but she still deserves props because she is talented and she can still sing.

  • Chassie

    Ooooooooo Aretha, the shade you slipped in there. Felt like I was reading the script of Got 2B Real

  • A true fan

    I’m a true fan, fake or real I love B after the news I listen again and I loved it the same or more.

    • Shanice

      I totally cosign with this statement

  • Nicolet_75

    Or maybe it’s because she can’t sing! I mean, she is a beautiful girl but, please stop acting like she can really sing… Like rich dollaz said about Erica, “she ain’t no Whitney or Mariah but she can get on a party joint!”

  • Folks saying Beyonce can’t sing is so laughable to me! LOL… she owes no one an explanation though, all she need to say is “Cut the check!” And while the haters are mad that she lip synced, she still got her money! All she see is signs! Dollar signs, that is!!

    And I love my Granny ReRe, so I won’t even speak on her “gentle shade” as @kierah put it!! LOL!!

  • Nikki

    I don’t see why people are so surprised. This was a special event. I’m sure she wanted it to be perfect. Pre recording isn’t that bad of an idea if that is the case.

    • Guest360

      My thing is, why try to fake the funk? To me, thats the bigger issue. The whole production of it all seems so damn silly now when you realize she isn’t even singing. From the enhanced “vibrato”, hand motions, taking out her ear piece, etc.Thats the thing that I’m stuck on. Its not about pre-recording vs singing live. Its her voice regardless. But whatever you do, just be honest about it. And don’t try to bully the military when you’ve been exposed. Its funny that now that the jig is up, all a sudden no one in the band is allowed to judge whether something is live or recorded…even though they need to know that little detail in order to know to play live or act as if they are. It’s all getting ridiculous now.

      • Nikki

        She’s an entertainer. She wanted to give a good performance. She shouldn’t have bullied the military if she did, but maybe the military signed a contract not to expose that info. If someone broke that contract, there could be problems for more than just Beyoncé. I’m sure there is more to the story as to why they changed their tune than we know.

        • Guest360

          I don’t believe there was a contract or no one would have said anything to begin with. The fact that there is a firestorm is what’s causing the sudden about face. And thats what I’m saying. A good performance is a good performance whether you pre-recorded it or do it live. But what ever you do, don’t lie about it. We all know Beyonce can blow so that was never an issue. But lying is and thats why people are mad.

  • speakup4truth

    I think part of it was pre recored, she take the ear piece out and starts singing. My question is who really cares? She did a good job anyway!

  • No1sname

    Beyonce is a great performer so its safe to put your fine tooth combs away!

  • Yay!

    Bey will be ok. Her focus was on the super bowl, which I am sure she will kill now with all this controversy. The truth is lip-synching for any reason is deception. Deception shouldn’t sit well with anyone. Let’s move on.

  • JH

    LMAO guess her “illumanti” clique got to him…

    • TRUTH IS

      Yup but her star is fading….speculation around her pregnancy now this. God is saying your time of fakery is up!!

    • TRUTH IS

      Yup but her star is fading….speculation around her pregnancy now this. God is saying your time of fakery is up!!

  • realadulttalk

    Why can’t people just decline to comment on things??? I’d rather decline initially than have to recant later.

  • Sheena

    The only thing stood out to me in this article is the author calling a spade a spade…..the illuminati shut it down…ctfu right on. They don’t play with their precious Baddie Bey.

  • pamiety

    There was no need for ‘Aretha Mae’ to add anything. It’s always about “me me me” with her.

  • kierah

    Aretha and her gentle shade…”next time I’ll probably do the same.” Tee hee!! The Queen of Soul slyly reminds us that she sang live in colder weather.

    IMO, if it was warm enough to perform without coat and scarf, then it was warm enough to sing live. Beyonce is just going to have to take an L on this one.

    • TRUTH IS

      I see you Aretha….back handed shade. Shes a real talent. Gotta give it to her. Today is style over quality…smh

    • TRUTH IS

      At least Aretha is a real singer who can sing the song live!!! These days is style over quality!!

    • Nicolet_75

      Totally agree!

  • baddvixentype

    we all know beyonce can sing so what exactly are they trying to say???

    • TRUTH IS

      …just not live for a once in a lifetime occasion, right. It’s more entertaining to watch the people that are fooled when they try to defend her!

    • TRUTH IS

      …..just not when she has a once in a lifetime occasion to sing like she does right? It’s more entertaining to watch the people that are fooled when they try to defend her.

    • TRUTH IS

      …..just not when she has a once in a lifetime occasion to sing like she does right? It’s more entertaining to watch the people that are fooled when they try to defend her.
      Why MN messing with my comments?!? Bias much!!

      • JaneDoe

        MN is slipping. My comment is in moderation for saying shades of gray. I am not in the mood to retype jack either..

        • TRUTH IS

          It’s a pain…made me double my efforts…ugh


    Her stans will still defend her to the death….Kelly Clarkson sang her’s live. BeTacky aint nothing but a fraud….her star is diming. Remember what goes up must come down. Laws of gravity and life as a whole!!!

    • You do know Whitney Houston’s National anthem was prerecorded too right? Oh you didn’t? LMAO Yea…it was! Live with that

      • TRUTH IS

        At least Whitney sang the heck out of that song….and to date no one can lip sync it like her….rofl…if lip syncing why all the emotions to make it look so real. I would have listened the tape…ctfu

        • L

          To date no one can pre-record, sing live or do the national anthem the same justice as Whitney! I saw rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air as she sang. I felt every emotion the song is supposed to invoke. There will never be another Whitney Houston.

        • the point of all the emotions is to make sure people think it was real..

          • TRUTH IS


      • TRUTH IS

        § At least Whitney sang the heck out of that song….and to date no one can lip sync it like her….rofl…if lip syncing why all the emotions to make it look so real. I would have listened the tape…ctfu…again MN messing with its reader’s comments

      • Aisha

        Ummmmmmm, and listen to how great it sounded. If Beyonce could sing, her prerecoreded track should have sounded wayyyyyyyyyy better than what it did!

        • Just saying!!

          That’s exactly how I feel. If its prerecorded it better be off the chain. I thought it was very average and quite boring actually.

    • Aisha

      Kelly is my girl! I’m glad Beyonce didn’t sing live. Beyonce is not the greatest singer, but she’s smart. She knows darn well that she couldn’t sing live so she didn’t! Thank the lawd!

    • mac

      It’s not healthy to be as invested in a celebrity’s downfall as you seem to be.

      Live your life. Be happy. Bey once is doing just that..and is unaware of and unworried about your existence.

      • TRUTH IS

        Go tell that to everyone who criticize her….she is a public figure she will get scruntized…doesnt mean I dont hv a life. Am at work and can comment….its called multitasking….I dont have to pray for her downfall….she will dig her own hole!

        • mac

          yes. It’s my panties that are in a bunch. I’m the one obsessing over a stranger instead of working and ending all my sentences with exclamations—oh wait…

          • TRUTH IS

            Thats the best you can come up with…..exclamation mark…yo tun grammar police now?? MN is not the place to come for english 101….gwey

            • mac


      • TRUTH IS

        Now go ring out your pannies….am sure it’s wet cus of BeTacky…..since you got your pannies in a bunch for BeYawnce…am sure she knows your name….rofl