The Straits Times
Published on Jan 23, 2013

Fans back Beyonce over US anthem lip-synching


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Fans of Beyonce rallied behind the pop diva on Twitter on Tuesday after it emerged she lip-synched The Star-Spangled Banner at President Barack Obama's public inauguration ceremony the day before.

The New York Times quoted a United States (US) Marine Band spokesman as saying that, just before Beyonce took the stage, its musicians learned that a version of the national anthem it pre-recorded with her the day before would be used.

"We don't know why," said the spokesman, Master Sergeant Kristin duBois.

"But that is what we were instructed to do... It's not because Beyonce can't sing. We all know Beyonce can sing. We all know the Marine Band can play."