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.