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Beyonce Lip-Synched at the Inauguration; Proof Kelly Clarkson Rules

The Times UK broke hearts while breaking the the news that Beyonce didn't sing "The Star Spangled Banner" live at the 57th presidential inauguration.

A spokeswoman for the Marine Corp Band Kristen DuBois said it was standard procedure to record a backing track and Beyoncé decided shortly before her performance to rely on the studio version, rather than risk singing it live on the Capitol.

So Bey is a big old fake! And to think, former President Jimmy Carter admitted to being psyched to see her belt out the song live. For shame, Beyonce!

Kelly Clarkson Sings at Presidential Inauguration

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When she took her earpiece out like a bad ass, we thought, damn, this fantastic singing mama is going it alone. But, were we wrong.

Though lip-syching isn't unusual in this situation and it's not that Beyonce can't sing the tune, it's disappointing that she didn't do it live. However, Kelly Clarkson sang her song in the freezing cold with the whole wide world watching, totally live.

We here at County Grind are big ol' Kelly Clarkson fans. Everyone was dissing on the American Idol-winning songstress while drooling over Bey yesterday. But now we know who the diva supreme is. It's Ms. Clarkson who sang "My Country Tis of Thee" without the help of a pre-recording.

Kelly, we salute you. You are fabulous. Beyonce. Well, we'll talk to you about this later, in private.



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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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