Breaking news, Beyoncé can sing. Today, the R&B and Pop singer stepped to the podium at a press conference for Super Bowl XLVII. She then pre-empted any Beyoncé-Gate questions by asking all those in attendance to rise before she flawlessly sang “The Star Spangled Banner,” a cappella.
When finished, she simply asked the room, “Any questions?” She then admitted to lip synching at the President Barack Obama’s inauguration last week.
After the laughter died down, she admitted that she did not perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” live at the inauguration of President Obama on Jan. 21.
“I am a perfectionist,” she said, “and one thing about me: 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 [sound] delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration and I wanted to make him and my country proud. So I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track, which is very common in the music industry. I’m very proud of my performance.”
During the rest of the press conference the “Crazy In Love” singer admitted to being nervous but didn’t confirm if Destiny’s Child, or Jay-Z would be joining her on stage at halftime.
Watch Beyoncé shut the critics up for a hot second below.
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