UPDATED: Beyoncé Sings National Anthem At Super Bowl Press Conference For Critics And Releases Behind-The-Scenes Rehearsal Video

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January 31, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

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It’s just a few days until Beyoncé Bowl–whoops, I mean the Super Bowl, and to get the stans super geeked up about her halftime show performance, the singer and her camp decided to release a 42-second clip of her and her many dancers bustin’ a move during practice.  Is it weird that it makes me more excited about Sunday? Anywho, in it, people dressed like something out of an American Apparel advertisement rock super tight tights, super-tall heels and booty shorts as they run through a mix of choreography (the only one I really recognize is “Single Ladies”) to the sounds of “Countdown.” And with all the shimmying and pelvic thrusts and winds, Bey is letting people know that she’s bringing the noise and the funk on Sunday…

But is she bringing the live singing…? While I personally don’t doubt it, after the whole inauguration struggle, people have consistently been coming at her head about her singing capabilities. TMZ‘s cameras even caught up with her outside of her rehearsal facilities as she was munching down on food. And while she initially started her impromptu interview scared (“Oh my God, you scared the crap out of me!”) because ‘ol dude ran up on her, she became pleasant…and then silent when the cameraman asked her if she was planning to lip-synch during the show. SHADE. Who really knows if she will or she wont? And most importantly, who cares!? She’s sure to serve fierce-ness either way. Check out the shade-filled clip from TMZ, as well as her rehearsal footage and let us know what you think.

UPDATE:

Obviously tired of the questions about her performance of the national anthem during the inauguration (or lack thereof), Bey decided to sing the song live during a press conference today for the Super Bowl. And yes, if you were wondering, halftime performers have been doing press conferences like the players for years. When she finished her impromptu re-do of the “Star Spangled Banner,” she asked the reporters, “Any questions?” Well, there was at least one.
In response to questions about the controversy, Bey put it to rest by saying the following:

“I am a perfectionist … I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra [at the Inauguration]. It was a live television show and a very important moment for me. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking the risk … so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.”

Check out her revamped take on the “Star Spangled Banner” below:

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  • FromUR2UB

    Other singers, including Aretha Franklin, have said that lip-synching under certain circumstances is a common industry practice. This whole thing has been blown out of proportion because it was still her voice on the recording. It would have been a real scandal only if she did it at her concerts where people pay to hear her sing. People were acting like she pulled a Milli-Vanilli.

  • Starbright

    When is expressing your opinion a form of hate? I swear, people throw that word around like no other. The word “hate”, to me, is when you are trying to sabatoge a person through lies and embellishments. How is someone saying they are tired of Beyonce hating? Trust me, anyone saying they like or dislike her on a blog is not going to make or break her. I am personally tired of the stories about her, but in the ultimate end, what will make or break her are album sales. If her sales decline, so will the endorsements, movie roles, etc.

  • Sagittarius81

    Haters will make you stronger. In the words of my grandma: if people want to bring you down, that’s because you were above them.

    • winchells

      OK….Beyonce is a strong woman….some of these people say the most hateful things for NO REASON AT ALL..and willl defend their lies till the end. I would have gone crazy if i was her. But she has a strong team and family structure. shell be Ok.

  • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

    Ya’ll tickle me everyday! I swear, this post & these comments gave me life today at work! Thank all of you very much! LOL!

  • CB3

    Ok wow. I don’t understand this women. You don’t have to dispell lip syncing rumors, surrogate rumors or any other rumors. Beyonce..eh I’m not so much a fan but what I did appreciate was that she did not fed into everything said. You lip synced ok who cares, I feel like her need to prove she can sing it live was beneath her. A move that would be made by someone who hasn’t accomplished half the things she has done. Where does it end? Are we going to get a pic of baby Blue crowning next. Live above the influence Bey….

  • http://neolovesoulchild.wordpress.com/ Crystal

    At this point it really doesn’t matter what she does. She’s sold millions, won countless of award and the list goes on. It really doesn’t matter.

  • http://twitter.com/ChristiKennedy Christina K

    I love Beyonce. She is one of the rare performers that CAN sing and dance live, without ruining the flow of the lyrics. She is beyond talented. Beautiful. Leave her be. I could care less if she lip syncs for this year’s Superbowl- she’ll still put on a smashing performance. No one cared that Michael Jackson lip synched about 80% of the time live.

    • Mia

      You’re a shut in aren’t you?

    • 2cents

      That is because, he was Michael Jackson. Period. Now, by your stating of that comment above, I doubt that you will never get it.

      I do not hate Beyonce. I do not care if she lip synced so let us get that out of the way.

      Now, just because she is “one of the bests” out of a bunch of performers today, who are not worth two cents, does not mean that she is one of the “greats”.

      There are a lot of performers who can sing + dance live. Hence, this does not make her rare in any way. In fact, learning how to sing/dance/breathe live is one of the first things you are taught as a performer.

      Now, if you take away her “team” choreographers/stylists/pr do you still have an artist who could come on stage and move/inspire the crowd? Highly unlikely.

      She is a product, a product of countless man power and as much creative energy that money can buy. Does that mean she does not work hard? Certainly not. If she had no talent at all, none of that would have saved her. Still, she owes a lot of what she is today to a lot of people.

      Now if you gave some of the “greats” a mic and a live band and told them not to do anything rehearsed or pre-written, but instead to come up with something new on the fly. They would tear up that stage. Many artists today (who are in the limelight) cannot. When you talent is etched into your soul, you have not choice but to inspire regardless of who/what is around you. If your talent is worked upon, then that there is different.

      Now in the underground, you will find a few “greats” who will never be known. That is because it is not what we want as a society want. We want the glitz and the glam, but not the real, raw, “great” talent. Then again, some of these hidden “greats” want nothing to do with the lifestyle of a “pop” star so they stay where they are, and inspire those around them.

      Beyonce inspires me to shake my butt when I have had a drink. She does not inspire me to be all that I can be. Everything about her says to me, if you have money and a powerful team around you, you can be just like me or even better.

      You know, I’m sharing this and some are still not going to get it…so, just take what you want and leave the rest. Just make sure that when you consume things that they lead to your edification, not you demise.

      peace

      • Sepulveda

        Girl Bye….you spoke all of this like you KNOW BEYONCE PERSONALLY…All of this is YOUR opinion 1. her not inspring you iS your OPINION…. 2. her “team” making her who she is : YOUR OPINION 3. HER NOT BEING ONE OF THE GREATS: YOU GUESSED IT: YOUR OPINION. Im sick of some of you coming on here writing novels full of YOUR OPINION. and acting like the whole world is WRONG for not feeling the hate you feel for Beyonce. I dont know what you consume, so how I am I to know what you consume doesnt lead to your demise????? Stop worrying about what someone else does for a living and do you…Beyonce will still have her Money and fans and LIFE without YOUR OPINION of her. So get that life sweetheart.

        • Crazy Diva

          YES gAWD IKR SHE TALKING LIKE SHE KNOW BEY LOL

          • Sepulveda

            Hunny like she A&R at COLUMBIA FKN RECORDS!!!!……I MEAN REALLY. Like having a “TEAM” is an artists fault. When you sign to a major label TEAMS are put behind ALL artist…whether you sell with that team NO ONE CAN TELL OR PREDICT…The hate is SO REAL. WHY BASH BEY BECAUSE OF THE PLIGHT OF INDEPENDENT ARTISTS, IS SHE SINGLE HANDEDLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIER LACK OF ATTENTION??? Beyonce doesnt Buy her own records nor does she Buy the tickets to her concerts. So people HATING the guts of someone for having a successful following/career is just…..Just all of that nonsense sounds like 2Cents elevator doesnt go all the way to the top. So imma leave that po baby alone.

            • 2Cents

              …it’s obvious that you did not take the time out to read my response…granted it was long…but you are rebutting things that I never stated. Reading and comprehension are essential…but I guess Queen…sorry King Bey did not sing a song about that right? GET YOUR LIFE!

              Forget television, this is real entertainment.

              #next

        • Crazy Diva

          YES gAWD IKR SHE TALKING LIKE SHE KNOW BEY LOL

        • 2Cents

          …classic example of the type of people she inspires….I rest my case. #yawn #next

      • MLS2698

        A choreographer taught MJ how to moonwalk, so I guess all performers are given a team of ” helpers.” They can’t do it all by themselves, right? True that the hidden greats are much better, though.

        • 2 Cents

          We are in agreement. I am not saying that they should do it by themselves. I’m simply stating that some “need” a team while the “greats” could still slaughter with or without a team.

  • Miss Elisa K.

    LOL at the TMZ video… Said the girl was fired. That had me rolling!

  • *Despises Haters*

    Why do people take the time to comment on Bey stories when they so called “can’t stand her”? I’m convinced that all of ya’ll are just Bey fans in disguise! It’s okay, you don’t have to like or respect her, but you WILL recognize! #BeyTakeover

  • *Despises Haters*

    Why do people take the time to comment on Bey stories when they so called “can’t stand her”? I’m convinced that all of ya’ll are just Bey fans in disguise! It’s okay, you don’t have to like or respect her, but you WILL recognize! #BeyTakeover

    • Mia

      The same reason a dog licks himself, cuz he can.

      • CB3

        Couldn’t have put it better myself lol

    • mac

      “Some say hating is a confused form of admiration”

  • Jamie

    I didn’t even see her in the first video. Maybe I need to look at it a couple more times to find her.

  • tikkit30

    This has just become so ridiculous, some folks are just born to bring other people down, i guess you have to have mighty tough skin to deal with such foolery, we all know this girl has talent and can sing, but we tend to want to see people fail, and continue to mock this situation, if done its now over with, let’s move on, im sure the lady that attempted to kill her husband with poison in the cooch didn’t get this much attention.

  • Guest

    All of y’all are some damn haters! So sad…we need to uplift people who have the courage to show their talents. Never forget that no one is perfect.

  • IllyPhilly

    MN you guys are full of sh!t.

  • CB3

    I am by no means a Bey Stan, but i am excited about this performance. Entertaing a stadium full of screaming people is exactly what this women does and well so yeppers I’m hyped!

    • Miss K

      Ditto, we ALL know more people will be watching the show than the game.

    • CB3

      entertaining**

  • NeaJ

    38 seconds of random dancers? Lol. What are we supposed to do with that? We were better off just waiting til Sunday!

    • YES gAWD

      YOU ARE….U expect to see the whole performance in the video??? SMH…what is a teaser to you??? Short BUS!

  • Na Na

    I’m surprised they even got that close to her though a fence Lol and clearly she gave them all of 4 words.

  • JustSayin

    Still rocking those same moves from the “Uh Oh” days huh? Alrighty.

    • *Despises Haters*

      What you been doing since the “Uh Oh” days?

      • JustSayin

        Doing a lot, Thanks for asking! :) Glad to know a complete stranger is interested in how I progressed in life in the last… Ten years.

        • READING RAINBOW

          Well you seemed mighty PRESSED on what Beyonce was doing….I guess Despises Haters GOT YOU TOGETHER. lmaooo. good thing we dont CARE what your non factor a33 been doing. Im sure we would be BORED TO DEATH…..THEN BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE ONLY TO DIE AGAIN.

          • JustSayin

            Awe tear drop. you must be so upset… Bring it in darling. bring it in. I know it hurts.

            • READING RAINBOW

              Funny you want to joke about US being in the limelight and have so much
              you have been doing over the last 10 yearS… LIES…..yet you have time
              to Bring another woman down on this post. I see why you aint beein doin Nothin. You too worried
              about Keeping your foot on Beyonce neck…and judging by her career.
              Hows that working out??? You can keep the passive aggressive BS
              too….Im quite happy…Since i dont spend my time trying to hate and
              tear down successful women. IM MUCH TO FOCUSED ON BEING ONE. THANKS
              THO….You need to work on that insecurity you have, Why u so salty over
              another womans success I will never know.

              • JustSayin

                What are you talking about??? Where was the part where I was putting her down? point it out… Don’t worry I’ll wait. You don’t know me darling. You nothing about me. You are so pressed on defending a celebrity. that is what you are doing. defending a celebrity because i said she is doing the same dance moves. okay… so if Mary J. Blige, Monica, Madonna and all bunch of other celebrities. you may catch McHammer saying, “You can’t touch this” down at his church in milpitas. but no.. you are such a negative minded person you just assumed I was hating. that is wrong with individuals. People always have a way of taking something so negative no matter what the context of the sentence was. My insecurities are not found on this blog at all. Yours however? A little obvious.

                • READING RAINBOW

                  Yes because UPLIFTING another successful black woman just screams insecure RIGHT????…..Some of you peoples arguments…SMH. NEGATIVE MINDED…when im not the one that came on this post to throw hateful comments at beyonce??? where is what you have said above ANYWHERE NEAR THE TRUTH. and the same songs require the same dance moves….last I CHECKED…ANY performing artist that has a library of hits (who dances) gives u a signature move with said song….But im not even bout to sit up here and go back and forth with you a moment more. I just LOL at the fact you people who have NOTHING BUT NEGATIVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THIS WOMAN….try to hurl insults at people who defend her. AINT NOTHIN BUT THE DAM DEVIL…ill say a prayer for you. go get your insecurity checked out. and try not to post on someone you DONT LIKE.

            • READING RAINBOW

              Funny you want to joke about US being in the limelight and have so much
              you have been doing over the last 10 yearS… LIES…..yet you have time
              to Bring another woman down on this post. You too worried
              about Keeping your foot on Beyonce neck…and judging by her career.
              Hows that working out??? You can keep the passive aggressive BS
              too….Im quite happy…Since i dont spend my time trying to hate and
              tear down successful women. IM MUCH TO FOCUSED ON BEING ONE. THANKS
              THO….You need to work on that insecurity you have, Why u so salty over
              another womans success I will never know.

              • JustSayin

                so you just prove my point. she has been doing the same “uh oh” move for the last ten years. sooooo what is the problem?

          • JustSayin

            You women baffle me. You put all this effort into responding to my comment about Beyonce as if she has you on payroll. I hope you are this vocal when it comes to important topics in your community. I hope that you are literally JUMPING to correct someone that is threatening your community’s name. Because; what I said? Is nothing new. But; you ladies are really putting in the effort to put so much negativity to my comment that it amazes me that you are not in the limelight doing the same to more important topics. But let me guess… that’s different? Girl please.

        • READING RAINBOW

          Well you seemed mighty PRESSED on what Beyonce was doing….I guess Despises Haters GOT YOU TOGETHER. lmaooo. good thing we dont CARE what your non factor a33 been doing. Im sure we would be BORED TO DEATH…..THEN BE BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE ONLY TO DIE AGAIN.

  • JustSayin

    What happened to her saying, “Can she live?” And; her over saturating the media? She is one confused bird. She wants people to stay out of her life… let her live but she continues to toss out excess (and useless) information to people and wonder why she is critiqued. No other artist has done this much just to go “unnoticed.” Girl…. Honey Chile.

    • http://twitter.com/ChristiKennedy Christina K

      People -want- more of Beyonce. What about this do you not understand? She is one of the highest-paid, most popular performers of this decade. She is phenomenal but hey, it’s okay to disagree. Just hush up about her ‘putting out excess information’. Pop culture icon- she is and people are celeb-obsessed. Just tune out if you don’t want to read or hear about her.

      • JustSayin

        LMAO. did I say that I didn’t want to read her… or hear about it? Madame Noire just published an article that claimed that Beyonce was over-saturating the media. Beyonce published a photo stating “Can she live.” These are facts darling. She is a confused bird. She said she wants a certain level of privacy but then releases private footage of herself. No other celebrity (outside of reality stars) do that. So… Your entire response is irrelevant to anything I just said.

        • yeppers

          I believe you KNOW what the can she live sweatshirt was REFERRING to so stop acting like you are 2 fries short of a happy meal. You know she was referring to the scandal…not people in her life. I swear some of you try to spin things to HATE…and make yourself sound stupid in the process. she wants to control what is public and what is not…YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT??? I DONT BECAUSE ITS HER LIFE…..

          • JustSayin

            Bahahahahahaha. girl. what you are using caps and blowing things out of proportion? You are absolutely right… it is her life. and that above ^^^ is my opinion. guess what? Neither of which are going to change because YOU are upset. lmao. girl. Welcome to the website.

            • yeppers

              SMH….yall haters are SO confused….You want to state FALSE information as your opinion then when someone comes at your neck…we are blowing things up….How bout knowing what the FK you are talking about first. No one would have had anything to say to your a33 if you would have been blatantly saying her sweatshirt was about something it was NOT. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BOO….now in the words of Bey…ANY QUESTIONS??? And if you are that unconcerned with her life…then how bout you LIVE YOURS and stop worrying about it.

              • JustSayin

                Stop the madness! Lmao. girl… this is hilarious. you are really getting upset about my opinion about beyonce. Girl. It is still MY opinion. Now what? What is going to happen now? Nothing, Exactly. So. Unless you are somehow Beyonce’s new publicist… you don’t know anything. You can get upset, do your little content approved cursing but at the end of the day? I still said what I had to say. So… have a great evening!

                • yeppers

                  Oh i will have a fantastic evening….and guess what SO WILL BEY…You mad right???? lmaooooo Yall are hilarious….. you can continue to LIE…and say its your opinion ALL DAY LONG…no ones life, including yours or mine will be altered. So have a great day sweetheart. And dont worry about what I type, since i also own this computer Im on..dear.

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