BY KELBY K. CLARK
Singer Beyoncé has been the center of interest for several news publications, social media sites and television broadcasts throughout the month of January due to speculation surrounding her lip sync of the National Anthem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, and followed her live Super Bowl halftime performance.
Briefly following Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 21, a representative from the U.S. Marine Band claimed that the 31-year-old singer allegedly lip-synched her rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“I’m not surprised because I feel like everyone lip syncs . . . I feel like she had a good reason,” said Haley Becza, a communications major at County College of Morris.
Beyoncé finally confirmed the rumors in late January at a press conference in New Orleans. “It was a live television show… Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check… I did not feel comfortable singing live,” Beyoncé said in the news conference, according to Foxnews.com. “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 pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry.”
During the press conference, Beyoncé belted out “The Star Spangled Banner” a cappella in front of spectators. The singer then noted that she would “absolutely be singing live” during her halftime performance.
On the night of Feb. 3, Beyoncé, dressed in all black, emerged on the Superdome stage. The singer strode up to the front of the stage and opened with a single off her fourth studio album, “Love on Top,” which recently won the award for Best Traditional R&B Performance at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
She followed with “Crazy In Love,” her background dancers mimicking the singer’s popularized booty-shaking dance.
Beyoncé ended her set by singing “Halo” on bended knee, but did not end her entire performance there.
Soon after she was joined by her Destiny’s Child band mates, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who popped up from below the stage to sing “Bootylicious,” “Independent Woman,” and some of “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).” That song showcased an all-female band and featured two songs off her previous albums, “End of Time” and “Baby Boy.”
Following the Super Bowl, there was buzz and conversation surrounding Beyoncé’s halftime performance, some critics and spectators were impressed, others were disappointed.
CCM students also had varying opinions on the R&B artist’s halftime show. “I believe Beyoncé made a professional decision by choosing to lip sync,” said Julio Rivera, a communications major. “She didn’t have time to rehearse or do sound check so it makes sense.
Others did not share the excitement, noting Beyoncé’s notoriously hyped-up show performances and elaborate dance moves. “I feel like she’s … a sex object, I think she’s overrated definitely,” said Jess Lili, a CCM music major.
“I wasn’t a fan. She barely sang, just danced,” said criminal justice major Kelsey Fitzgerald. “And no, it did not make up for the lip synching for the inauguration. That’s much more important than the Super Bowl halftime show.”