Singer Beyonce had the honor of performing the national anthem at the closing of President Obama's second inauguration on Monday, January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Photographer: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
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Beyonce lip sync the national anthem?: 'Did not actually sing' during inaugural, Marine Band says

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WASHINGTON -- Pop star Beyonce opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the National Anthem during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told CNN.

"We don't know why the decision was made," U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said. "She did not actually sing," DuBois added, noting Beyonce lip-synched her own voice.

DuBois said Beyonce "pre-recorded" the song the evening before Inauguration Day, after rehearsing with the U.S. Marine Band.

According to the band's spokeswoman, such pre-recordings are "not unusual."

Recording musical performances prior to inauguration ceremonies are a necessity in case something should go awry, says DuBois.

"You can't have an inaugural without the National Anthem."

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