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Beyoncé Held a Press Conference to Prove She Can Sing Live

If there’s one thing Beyoncé won’t stand for, it’s f*ckery of any kind – and that includes anyone talking shit about her singing (or, in this case, not singing). We all know the story by now: Queen Bey allegedly lip synced her way through ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Obama’s inauguration last month, which many people were not happy about, least of all Beyoncé herself because, naysayers, she DID sing live… albeit over a pre-recorded track. Why did she do it? How could she betray us? Has life lost all meaning now that we know that even Beyoncé sometimes mimes? Do girls no longer run the world? Is a diva really the female version of a hustler, because I’ve never really understood the comparison but still really like that song? So many questions have been left unanswered.

One thing we do know, however, is that Beyoncé kills everything vocally, but since some fools seem to need a reminder, she held a press conference to tell the haters exactly where to go. (Apparently, the actual purpose of the appearance was her upcoming Super Bowl performance, but let’s go with it.) The best part is that once journalists were settled in, she kicked off the conference the way only a diva could: she actually sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and then addressed the room defiantly, asking, “Any questions?” Ohhhhh, snap!

If that wasn’t enough of a point for you and you require more of an explanation, here’s what she had to say about Obamagate (which doesn’t really fit but again, let’s go with it):

“I am a perfectionist and one thing about me is I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show and a very, very important emotional show for me. One of my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking the risk. It was about the president and the inauguration. I wanted to make my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.” (via THR)

We’re proud of you, too, girl. You’re flawless.

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  • I completely understand. I would also want a comfort net if I had to sing at the president of the United States of America’s inauguration, live, in front of the whole planet, because whether us non-USians like it or not the US is the most important country in the world. It’s not that she couldn’t do it, it’s that it was a way too important gig for anything to go wrong, this was a very formal setting and things had to go smoothly. I don’t get what the problem is.

    • I don’t necessarily have a problem with performers not wanting to sing live in order to make sure things sounds perfect; I just don’t know why they bother to get up on stage and *pretend* to sing it (especially if they’re not doing anything else, like dancing – I can definitely understand why performers who dance would lip synch on stage!).

      • Kelly Clarkson sang live at the inauguration. She put her big girl panties on that day.

        Sorry, big Beyonce fail, no matter how she tries to spin it.

      • Ha well she had to pretend she was singing, otherwise they could just play a casette tape and leave ;) but yeah I see what you mean, and also what Chuck said!

    • Sorry people, throw the guest style hate my way, but I don’t think the US is the most important nation in the world, no matter what the propaganda machines would like the world to believe.

  • She makes me sick !!!! That marine corp band practiced for months to have a moment they could be proud of to have some rich diva come and say she didn’t have time to practice in nother words she couldn’t be bothered and that it was to cold !!!! So I’m sure she’s been practicing for the last week so she could have her little press conference to say she can sing !!!! Maybe she should practice the week before the inauguration !!! Kelly clarkson sang live and nailed it !!!! For weeks leading up to the inauguration that’s all beyonce talked about like she was special because Obama picked her and in the long run she was a disgrace and Kelly came out looking like the best singer of the year !!!! GO KELLY !!!!!!

  • And mireee, most US citizens i know are damn tired of the politics of fear and consumption that’s been driven down our throats the last 2 administrations. And damn tired of being the “most important country in the world”, losing our humanity and sense of right and wrong while protecting corporate interests. The American Dream is dying, and while people equate it with having a house and 2.5 kids yadda yadda yadda, the truth is thus: the American Dream is nothing more than the promise of opportunity, the chance to make it on your own, to keep the government out of our every day lives, to not depend on them to provide us with everything. People need help, give it while empowering them to do it on their own!

    • Chaz: one thing to add. Most Americans will give you the shirt off their back to help someone out. What we are getting tired of is people who spend 5 – 10 years or DECADES on the public dole who are perfectly capable of working in some capacity. If you have serious physical or mental health challenges, that’s one thing. For those who scam the system, let them starve or stop having kids they can’t afford.

      • Very true…. I went down to new Orleans after Katrina, helped gut 17 houses for rehab. With the exception of 3 Latino families, every other family sat on the lawn and watched us as we worked, without offering help. They did however admonish us if we “bumped a family heirloom.” they had grown accustomed that if the city doesn’t provide it, the state will. If the state doesn’t, the Feds will

      • Fuckin A Chaz! Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you…….The Messiah!!! C’mon Chaz, don’t you think you’ve been stroked enough? It’s well known, people like you here, okay? Trust me, I won’t troll you like Guest but I do have to say that the constant “stroke me please” comments you leave are getting OLD!!! I say this in a nice way……..kinda.

    • Oh chaz I think everyone’s tired… Everyone looks tired this side of the Atlantic too. It really feels like we have no actual opportunities to be successful.

      • I’m sure being in the EU isn’t making it any easier. Lovely concept, a nightmare in reality. I had the misfortune of being in France when Reagan said that he “could imagine a limited nuclear conflict in western Europe.” let’s just say that I, as a US citizen, wasn’t very well received! My immediate lineage is 2nd generation american, I’ve many shirttail relatives who came to this country as Indentured servants. They came for the “promise of opportunity.”

    • But yes I am pretty sure the role the US has taken of being the self-appointed protector of the world isn’t welcome by most of its citizens.

      • Yeah – us Europeans quite generally dislike Americans for that reason – and because they’re quite shallow. Again – don’t slay me for generalizing but it’s what’s going on.

      • Pique, most Americans are not shallow, people need to stop the “generalizations.” lmao, its like when I try to explain European thought to rednecks they have their own “generalizations” too. Also, the US leads the world in charitable contributions. Some people I’m not patriotic in what my country is, maybe not. But I’m damn patriotic in what my country has the promise to be!

      • I think what Pique meant, Chaz, when she said Americans are shallow is because American friendliness is so out of place in Europe it comes across as insincere and shallow. We keep our distances and are friendly only when we actually mean it. Most Americans I’ve met treated me like their BFF after 15 minutes and that is so weird to me. And the very white teeth. That always really weirded me out too.

  • I too, was shocked that she can actually sing. Britney can’t. She practices singing until her feet bleed, huh? I wonder if her hands bleed too….

  • If she couldn’t or didn’t want to try and do it live she should have passsed on the gig. It looked great on her getting called out for faking it. JZ probably know what that’s feels and looks like. ahaha