The Straits Times
Published on Jan 24, 2013

Beyonce 'did not sing live,' official tells CNN


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Beyonce did not sing the United States (US) national anthem live at this week's public swearing-in ceremony of President Barack Obama for his second term, CNN quoted an inaugural official as saying on Wednesday.

The R&B singer has yet to comment on the furor over whether or not she lip-synced the words on Monday to The Star-Spangled Banner before an estimated crowd of one million people on the National Mall in Washington.

"She did not sing live," the unidentified inaugural official was quoted as saying.

The official also told CNN that Beyonce herself has decided on Sunday not to perform live, as she had arrived too late to have proper rehearsal time with the US Marine Band.