Here's the news from Beyoncé's Thursday press conference: She lip-synched "The Star-Spangled Banner" (or "sang along with [her] prerecorded track"), she says she did it because she's a perfectionist and she promises that we'll hear her live at Super Bowl halftime.
Oh, and she might just be as talented at packaging a response to critics as she is at musical performance. From the Washington Post:
Beyonce walked onto the stage for her Super Bowl XLVII press conference and asked everyone to rise.
She then belted out a stunning a cappella rendition of the national anthem and, when she was finished, faced the music with a saucy little quip: "Any questions?"
Game, set, match, Beyonce.
After the laughter died down, she admitted that she did not perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" live at the inauguration of President Obama on Jan. 21.
"I am a perfectionist," she said, "and one thing about me: I practice ’til my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show … Due to the weather, due to the [sound] delay, due to no proper sound check … I did not feel comfortable singing live. It was about the president and the inauguration and I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track. I’m very proud of my performance."
She closed by saying she's "absolutely singing live" at her upcoming Super Bowl halftime performance.
Read more at the Washington Post.