beyonce national anthem

Beyonce performs the National Anthem at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Press Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana

*This just in…

During her Super Bowl media day, Beyonce admitted to lip syncing the National Anthem at President Obama’s Inauguration – but only after she belted the anthem live, and acapella, for the press.

When she finished, she simply said, “Any questions?”

Watch below. [Scroll down to hear Bey’s explanation for lip synching.]

Beyonce of course was asked why she made the decision to lip-sync. reports TMZ. After admitting to using a backing track, she said “I am a perfectionist … I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show and a very important moment for me.”

She added, “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.”

When TMZ asked about a possible Destiny’s Child reunion at this Sunday’s halftime show – Beyonce hedged on the answer.