urx unit loader Beyonce lip synced the national anthem at Obama's inauguration
beyonce lip sync inauguration gi Beyonce lip synced the national anthem at Obama's inaugurationBeyonce‘s stirring performance of the national anthem at President Obama‘s inauguration on Monday (Jan. 21) was maybe not so stirring after all: She didn’t sing live.

The singer pre-recorded a vocal track in the days before the ceremony and made an 11th-hour decision to use it Monday, a Marine Corps Band spokeswoman tells the Times of London. Other outlets also confirmed the lip-syncing, noting that it didn’t appear the band was playing live.

The spokeswoman says that the Marine Corps Band pre-records all the music for the inauguration “and have done since time immemorial.” She says it was Beyonce’s decision to go with the pre-recorded track.

Beyonce pulled her earpiece out midway through the song, but that was apparently just for show.

Beyonce isn’t the first inauguration performer to go with pre-recorded music. Four years ago, cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman pre-recorded their performance because the cold weather may have affected their instruments. Nor is hers the first rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to be lip-synced. The most famous was probably Whitney Houston‘s performance at the 1991 Super Bowl.