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

January 31, 2013  |  

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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.


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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