The latest controversy swirling around the Internet is the question of whether Beyonce sang the national anthem live, or if she lip synced a pre-recorded version.
It appears she lip synced, even though she hasn’t officially announced it. Although her accompanying Marine Band did admit the performance was pre-recorded. Various speculations have been made as to the reasons why Beyonce would do such a thing. The cold weather. Quality control at such a large, momentous event. No opportunity to rehearse (well apparently there was a rehearsal held, but Beyonce was a no show).
Supporters say it’s a common occurrence and all singers lip sync at some point in their career.
They also point out it was Beyonce’s voice, albeit a pre-recorded version.
It turns out Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor both sang their inaugural songs live. And personally, I thought Clarkson blew Beyonce out of the water with a more emotional, heart-felt performance. Could it be because Clarkson was actually singing live, in the moment, and was moved by the experience?
I believe performers ought to perform live—it feels inauthentic to lip sync.
Especially when the audience is led to believe they’re performing live.
But I’m not here to debate whether lip syncing is right or wrong. Rather, to consider why lip syncing even exists in our world today.
Why would someone whose vocation and passion is singing, and who is very successful at it, feel the need to “fake it” when given one of the biggest honors there is—singing the national anthem at an historic event? I’m guessing so she could be “perfect.” And that is the real problem. Because then it’s no longer about the honor, or honoring our country or president, it’s about the performer looking (or sounding) good.
I have nothing against Beyonce.
She’s extremely talented. In a world full of out-of-control celebrities who are often more famous for being famous than for having talent, I believe she’s the real deal. And she seems like a genuinely good person.
But it makes me sad that we live in a world where even someone so talented feels the need to pre-package her performance. While I believe it does say something about her and/or her management team, on a larger scale it says something about the world we live in, where it’s often hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. And the goal far too often is to “look good” no matter what.