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Everyone weighs in on Beyonce lip-sync controversy — except for Beyonce


Beyonce’s big moment on Monday. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Portions of this story, which appears in print Thursday, were included in earlier online posts.

Did she or didn’t she? The Beyonce lip-syncing story refused to die, what with everyone weighing in — except the singer.

Aretha Franklin: “She did a beautiful job with the pre-record,” she told ABC. “Next time I’ll probably do the same.” The Queen of Soul made it clear that her performance of “My Country ’Tis of Thee” at the 2009 inauguration was live, not Memorex — but admits that the cold weather can be rough on the vocal pipes.


Jennifer Lopez (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez : “When you’re in certain stadiums and in certain venues, they do pre-record things,” she told “The Daily Show” Tuesday. “All performers do have to do it at some point.”

Steven Tyler:“Beyonce’s so hot she can do anything,” he told TMZ.


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Jay Carney: “I actually have no idea what’s true and what’s not about what happened here,” the White House press secretary said Wednesday, making it clear it wasn’t his problem.

A day after the Marine Band acknowledged that it only pretended to play “The Star Spangled Banner” at Monday’s swearing-in — but gave conflicting accounts of whether Beyoncé faked it, too — band spokesman Capt. Eric Flanagan told us Wednesday that the sound board operator during the crucial performance (who presumably would know the truth) worked for Beyonce.

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, who organized the event, similarly directed us to Team Bey. (Committee spokesman Matt House declined to comment further.) And Bob Goldstein, owner of the company that ran the audio for the rest of the swearing-in, told CNN he shouldn’t be talking about Beyonce: “I don’t think it’s up to us to clarify the issue. I think it’s up to her.”

Well, she’s not talking.

To recap: We still don't know whether she sang live, sang along to a pre-recorded track made Sunday night, or was lip-syncing. But rest assured that experts are studying the tape like it’s the Zapruder film.

MuckRock, a Boston-based First Amendement advocacy group, said it filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Marine Corps for Beyonce's pre-recorded track, claiming that the National Anthem is in the public domain and her performance was paid for by taxpayers — and therefore available for public use.

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