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Beyoncé finally confirmed what has been speculated for almost two weeks: She sang along with a prerecorded track during the presidential inauguration.
The singer, who will be taking the stage Sunday night during the Super Bowl Halftime show, admitted to the miming during a press conference for the Super Bowl.
When she performed the national anthem during President Obama’s inauguration, Beyoncé decided to sing to the track because she didn’t have enough time to practice. Her “perfectionist” attitude brought on the decision.
According to The Associated Press, she told the media, “I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra...It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.”
Her performance was first critically acclaimed, but then quickly questioned a day later when a representative from the U.S. Marine Band claimed she was lip-syncing.
During the press conference, she asked everyone to stand and belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Afterward, she asked, “Any questions?” reports TMZ.
Journalists asked if she would be singing live at the Super Bowl. She replied, “I will absolutely be singing live. This is what I was born to do.”
The set list has not been revealed, with Beyoncé noting during the conference it is difficult to “condense a career into 12 minutes.”
You can watch Beyoncé’s inaugural performance below.