Despite an earlier claim by a Marine Band spokeswoman that quite possibly invalidated the inauguration, a Marine Corps spokesman is now denying that the Marine Band has the authority to say whether or not Beyoncé lip-synched her performance of the National Anthem.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Capt. Gregory Wolf said the Marine Band used a pre-recorded track to back up Beyoncé because a lack of rehearsal time prior to the inauguration made performing live "ill advised."
This comes on the heels of comments made by Marine Band spokeswoman Sgt. Kristin duBois, who claimed that Beyoncé used a pre-recorded version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" for reasons unknown to her.
It has been noted that lip-syncing at important events is standard procedure, and even Whitney Houston's legendary take on the anthem at Super Bowl XXV was lip-synched, sparking the same kind of controversy.
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