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There’s no question Beyoncé’s rendition of the national anthem was a roaring success. The mystery: was it live or lip synced?
On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told news outlets that Beyoncé had lip synced at President Obama’s inauguration.
But by late afternoon, the Marine Corps backed off that statement.
Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf said that because there was no opportunity for Beyoncé to rehearse with the Marine Band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill advised. Instead they used a pre-recorded track for the band’s portion.
“Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance,” Wolf’s statement continued, “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.”
New Kids On the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men are teaming up for a summer tour.
The groups announced “The Package Tour” on Tuesday on “The View.”
The tour starts May 31 in Uncasville, Conn.
The top five movies from the four-day holiday weekend box office:
1. “Mama,” $32.1 million
2. “Zero Dark Thirty,” $18.6 million
3. “Silver Linings Playbook,” $12.7 million
4. “Gangster Squad,” $10.1 million
5. “Broken City,” $9.5 million
Actress Chita Rivera is 80. Actor Gil Gerard is 70. Singer Anita Pointer is 65. Actor Richard Dean Anderson is 63. Actress Mariska Hargitay is 49. Actress Tiffani Thiessen is 39.