To put it politely, Beyonce is in the middle of lip-sync storm. The former Destiny’s Child singer and multi-million selling record artist is mum on whether she lip-synced the Star Spangled Banner, at the inauguration ceremony.
But she’s not the only one.
While Beyonce might be the latest, she is by no means, the only singer who has lip synced at major events. Everyone from Madonna, to the late Whitney Huston has made use of pre-recorded tracks.
New York based vocal coach and current coach of Tony Award winning musicals ‘Once’ and ‘The Book of Mormon,’ Liz Caplan said, "Nearly everybody through, at least recent recording history has had to do that. Because sound in stadiums and sound at the Washington Mall is not going to be perfect. It's not a perfect world because you can't really control the sound as much as you can in a recording studio or in a theater or at somebody's gig."
That long history of others well-known artist thought to enlist the aid of pre-recorded music include Madonna at her 2012 Super Bowl half-time performance last year, as did the late Whitney Houston in 1991 and Beyonce in 2004 during their respective renditions of the national anthem.
Beyonce is due to take the spotlight again next month - this time during the February 3rd Super Bowl half-time show.