*Yes, Beyoncé was lip-syncing at the inaugural ceremony.
It’s true. The popular diva star didn’t sing the National Anthem live, but she did a good job on the recording.
But the whole thing blew up on the social media, calling it blaspheme that she sang a pre-recorded version.
“It proves that she is not an authentic artist,” Ave Maria Pospieck-Schnerr of Philadelphia wrote on TODAY’s official Facebook page. “She can’t sing on que [sic] live and sound perfect … proves that she duped the many people watching who thought she was singing live and it proves she is a phony.”
Yikes, Bey is a phony?
Well, to her credit, she didn’t have time to practice with the symphony, besides that, it helps the program move along smoothly, with as few errors as possible.
Analysts say it’s not really a big deal because these types of things happen all the time, especially given the prestige of the occasion.
“If Beyonce had been lip-synching to somebody else’s voice — or her own voice from 10 years ago — that would be one thing,” Thompson tells TODAY.com. “But she was lip-synching to her own voice in a recording that was [reportedly] made on Sunday … Beyonce should be able to lip-synch to something she recorded 24 hours earlier.”
So will she get a chance to recover from this bad press incident?
Perhaps. She’s scheduled to perform at the Super Bowl’s half time show.
We’ll all be listening.
In the meantime, you can get more of this story at TODAY.
*Chris Brown got a one-two Twitter punch from fellow artist Pink and her motocross husband Carey Hart for lip-syncing his performance at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards.
Pink took to Twitter after Brown sang his hit “Turn Up the Music,” saying “One day if I lipsync i hope i do it as well as him…”
The performance [watch below] involved Chris riding glow-in-the-dark bikes on a giant ramp. Pink’s husband Carey Hart, who races motorcycles for a living, couldn’t resist weighing in on the performance as well.
He tweeted: “I’m pretty sure I saw my wife [do] that same performance, but she was 3 months pregnant and actually sang the song.
Unfortunately, some of Katy Perry’s Twitter fans thought the tweet was calling out her “BMA” performance. Hart cleared up the confusion, but still managed to get a dig in at Perry while doing it.
He tweeted: “Looks like someone else’s fans got a bit wound up! Funny, that performance looked real familiar too.”
*A rep for the Boyz II Men said that a technical glitch was to blame for one of the group’s songs being played twice during last night’s NBC Christmas special — once when the band wasn’t on stage — and that the band was not lip-syncing during its performance.
NBC’s broadcast of its annual “Christmas in Rockfeller Center” special on Tuesday night was presented as a live concert event and included a performance of “This Christmas” by Boyz II Men.
When that song concluded, Natalie Morales, an anchor of NBC’s “Today” show and a co-host of the Christmas special, introduced a performance by the pop singer Charice and the composer and pianist David Foster, who were supposed to be singing “Jingle Bell Rock.” Instead, as the cameras cut away to these musicians, the audio of the Boyz II Men rendition of “This Christmas” began to play as Charice and Mr. Foster pleasantly bopped their heads along to the tune.
After several perplexing seconds elapsed, Mr. Foster picked up a microphone and said to the crowd, “Live TV — are you having a great time?” He and Charice then played their intended song.
In a telephone interview with the New York Times, Jo Mignano, a publicist for Boyz II Men, said the accidental replay of “This Christmas” was the fault of NBC engineers.
“Boyz II Men is the best-selling R&B group of the last 20 years,” Ms. Mignano said. “They do not lip-sync.”
NBC said in a statement: “During last night’s ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ special on NBC, a production issue caused some background musical tracks to play out of sequence. The musical acts on stage at the time, Boyz II Men and Charice were performing live. The issue was corrected for the West Coast telecast.”
Video of the “Christmas in Rockfeller Center” special could not be found on NBC’s Web site or on Hulu.com, but this video produced by the Web site Mediaite.com shows the awkward transition between the performances.