Determined to silence all the haters who criticized her for lip-synching the national anthem at the inauguration, Beyonce belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the Super Bowl halftime press conference Thursday.
As the Washington Post notes, before she took the podium to talk about Sunday's Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, she walked onstage at the Earnest N. Morial Convention Center with a hand-held microphone and an unusual request of reporters: “Would you guys mind standing?”
The superstar, decked out in all white, belted out a flawless version of the National Anthem — live, unaccompanied.
“Any questions?” the grinning superstar asked after the demonstration.
The pop icon then owned up to her lip-synching scandal that erupted after her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration and explained the reason behind it, the Baltimore Sun writes.
"Well, I am a perfectionist and one thing about me: I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra," she told the reporters. "It was a live television show and one of my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking the risk. I wanted to make [Obama] and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track and I'm very proud of my performance."
However, now that she’s spent plenty of time rehearsing for the halftime show, she absolutely intends on singing live for the show. "I will absolutely be singing live [on Sunday]. I am well-rehearsed and I will be singing live. This is what I was born to do." She added, "Like I said I've had a 16-year career and all of the things that I've done has prepared me for this. So I'm ready. I love haters. No shame, no hate," she said.
Jaws had dropped after Beyoncé belted out a soaring rendition of the National Anthem during President Obama’s inauguration — but fans began singing a different tune when a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band suggested Beyoncé might have used a pre-taped version, The New York Daily News reported.