Take that. In case there were any lingering bad feelings or accusations of fraud surrounding her last big performance, Beyoncé kicked off a press conference regarding Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show by belting "The Star-Spangled Banner." Live. A cappella. With no backing track. As the room full of journalists broke into applause (scattered with cries of "We love you B!") Beyoncé stepped up to the microphone and asked, "Any questions?" Bam.
But, of course, there were questions. Plenty of them. And most of them focused on the details of the inauguration rather than her upcoming show. In regards to Lip-SyncGate 2013, Bey said, "I am a perfectionist, and one thing about me — I practice until my feet bleed. And I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra, it was a live television show and a very very important emotional show for me, one of my proudest moments. And due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper soundcheck, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track. Which is very common in the music industry. And I'm very proud of my performance.”
She then went on to clarify, "I always sing live. The inauguration was unfortunately a time when I could not rehearse with the orchestra. So it was always the plan … Typically they have you sing a prerecorded track because anything can go wrong. So I did sing along with a prerecorded track." And for those of you who are still confused: "Yes," her vocal chords did make sound that day. Was this the majority of what we heard? Probably not.
Beyoncé promises that this will not be the case come Sunday, however. "I will absolutely be singing live. I am well rehearsed and I will absolutely be singing live. This is what I was born to do," she said.
And so, on to the next rumor! Will Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child be joining Beyoncé on the hallowed halftime stage? "It's great to be around them professionally and personally," Beyoncé said in lieu of an answer. "I can't give too much away but every little second matters … I have so many songs and trying to condense my career into 12 minutes is not easy because all of my songs are like my children."
Beyoncé then responded to a question about when she will be setting out on tour with, "I would say... soon. And I may have an announcement after the performance and the fans should just stay tuned to see." Hint, hint! StubHub ticket scalpers are already salivating.
Oh, and in case you're wondering. Beyoncé's toothbrush is multicolored. "It's blue and white. Blue and white, I think. Blue and yellow maybe?" You can thank the reporter from Denmark for that one.
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