It's the talk of the town tonight, in fact, the talk of a lot of towns. Everyone in awe of the music at the inauguration yesterday, including the appearance by beyonce, navigating the high octave... See More
It's the talk of the town tonight, in fact, the talk of a lot of towns. Everyone in awe of the music at the inauguration yesterday, including the appearance by beyonce, navigating the high octave obstacle course of "the star-spangled banner." Tonight, some people have raised questions. Was she singing with help from a tape? Abc's david wright with the story behind the music. ♪ And the rockets red glare ♪ Reporter: Right down to that dramatic flourish with the ear pie piece, her performance was picture perfect. But was she just acting? Earlier today, the marine corps band confirmed they were just pretending to play their instruments. And said flat-out, beyonce was lip-syncing. The band's spokeswoman told abc news, we do not know why she decided to go with the pre-recorded music at the last minute. ♪ Land of the pilgrim's pride ♪ Reporter: On the platform, her fellow performers, who did their portions live, presume bly thought she was singing live, too. ♪ Let freedom ring ♪ Reporter: Watch kelly clarkson closely here, "it's so hard," she mouthed, congratul congratulating beyonce. There is a precedent. Yo-yo ma played air cello at obama's first inaugural. It was cold enough to snap their strings. ♪ Oh beautiful ♪ Reporter: Yesterday was cold enough to worry james taylor. ♪ For amber waves of grain ♪ it's always hard for a guitar player to play when it's cold, because your hands sort of stiffen up, you know, I was very relieved to have gotten through it without any major train wrecks. ♪ Above the fruited plain ♪ Reporter: Late today, facing a train wreck of bad p. Rp, the marine corps band revised its earlier statement. "No one in the marine band is in a position to assess whether beyonce's performance was live or pre-recorded." An inauguration is supposed to be history, not showbiz. And history is rarely perfect. David wright, abc news, los
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