Beyoncé sings the national anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Obama at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
Let me just say: I love Beyoncé as much as the next person.
If I were to be suddenly catapulted to stardom, I would want my life to be something like hers. I would want a picture-perfect relationship with my hip-hop mogul husband. I would want to stay out of the spotlight just enough to remain mysterious and unpredictable. And I wouldn’t mind having a killer voice that lands me an invitation to sing The Star-Spangled Banner at the presidential inauguration.
So what would I do differently? If I were invited to sing at the Capitol, I wouldn’t lip-sync.
Almost immediately after the inaugural ceremony, people began accusing Beyoncé of using a pre-recorded track during her performance of the national anthem. White House sources have reported that she did, indeed, lip-sync, but the diva in question has yet to release a statement.
It’s possible that Beyoncé will never address the allegations, but one thing is for sure: If she did do it, she was wrong.
Those who are defending her decision say that the chilly 40-degree weather was too harsh for a vocalist. An Accuweather article explains how cold air can dry out the throat, causing the voice to crack.
Maybe that’s why Aretha Franklin caught flack for her live performance of My Country ‘Tis of Thee at the 2009 inauguration, where the high was only 30 degrees. People said that her performance was pitchy and criticized her for missing some of the high notes. In fact, she told ABC News that if she was put in the same situation, she might take the Beyoncé route and lip-sync.
But, although supportive of Beyoncé, Franklin went on to say that she chose to sing live because she wanted to give people “the real thing.” And that’s the exact reason why Beyoncé was wrong.
We all have jobs. Some people teach, others write. But no matter the profession, there are certain things that are expected. Beyoncé’s job is to sing and perform; therefore, we expect her to sing and perform. But if she was singing to a track, then that means that she wasn’t doing her job. After all, I can listen to a pre-recorded song anytime that I want to for $1.29 on iTunes.
This is only made worse by the fact that Kelly Clarkson performed My Country ‘Tis of Thee at the inauguration only minutes before Beyoncé and sang without difficulty. Her performance might not have been as smooth as Beyoncé’s track, but the two superstars were in the same weather elements; they should’ve delivered the same amount of effort, especially at a ceremony as monumental as this.
Beyoncé is no stranger to White House affairs. She’s an avid supporter of President Obama, and her rendition of At Last at the Neighborhood Ball following the 2009 inauguration is still praised.
Having the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the actual ceremony would be an incredible honor, which is why, regardless of weather or any other extenuating circumstances, she was wrong if she did use a pre-recorded track. That was a historic moment. It deserved more than a $1.29 performance.
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