Beyoncé definitely lip-synched during her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Monday’s presidential inauguration. Er, maybe she didn’t? No, she most certainly did. Hmmm. Better ask an expert. The constant back-and-forth over whether one of our most beloved national treasures sang a sacred, patriotic tune live or with assistance from a pre-recorded backing track has hijacked most of our attention at a time when we should probably be focusing on Barack Obama‘s second term, or complaining about the sudden frozen tundra we’re forced to walk across just to check the mail. Everyone has an opinion–and Beyoncé has remained quiet– so if you’re conflicted about what to feel about the Beyontroversy, perhaps your allegiance to some of these famous folks will help you out.
“The one thing that you cannot doubt is that she can sing. She absolutely can sing,” Keys told Capital FM. “All the rest of the ‘whys’ or ‘whatever,’ we know that she can deliver and she did deliver that song really beautifully.”
After inadvertently getting wrapped up in a misunderstanding between Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep obsessives following the Oscars, Midler was quick to remind us (and nearly 400,000 Twitter followers) of what’s important: “Ok
#beyonce fudged. Get a grip. Men are raping and urinating on young girls in Steubenville Ohio. Priorities, people!”
“I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather… she did a beautiful job with the pre-record… next time I’ll probably do the same,” the Queen of Soul, who performed at Obama’s 2009 inauguration, told ABC News.
The legendary Broadway star fielded only the toughest of questions (how could one possibly say something mean about Mandy Patinkin?!) from Bravo’s Andy Cohen. “SHE WAS SINGING LIVE I DON’T CARE WHAT ANYONE SAYS!” she said on Wednesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live.
Let’s stop and pause for reflection: That’s a really strong roster of diva friends coming to her aid! Your life continues to be enviable, B. Yes, even in the midst of a national “scandal.”
“When you’re in certain stadiums and in certain venues, they do pre-record things,” the singer slash former American Idol judge told Jon Stewart during Tuesday night’s stop by The Daily Show. “All performers do have to do it at some point.” Gasp!
“I don’t care what anybody says.
@Beyonce did an amazing job singing that National Anthem & I love her. #TweetersGonnaTweet” the daytime host tweeted, clearly not afraid to show a preference to certain guests.
Unconditional love between Destiny’s Child members is to be expected, but Michelle seemed okay with using her own promotional spot to defend her friend and collaborator. “That was such a big moment for her and I just wish people would just let it go and just continue to look for what she’s going to be bringing for y’all in the future,” she told Good Morning America on Thursday.
“Me and B just hangin’ out ….don’t worry about it. Seriously, God did good. She is so beautiful!” the fellow performer tweeted following Monday’s ceremony, along with a photo of their pow-wow. It’s a little bit of skirting around the issue, sure, but we consider any compliment an act of support.
“I just don’t care. We got to look at Beyoncé’s beautiful face and hear Beyoncé’s beautiful voice singing the national anthem. There’s one thing we should be saying today and that is, ‘Thank you, Beyoncé. I’m telling you, Francis Scott Key would send her a fruit basket,’” the silver fox explained during “The Ridiculist” segment of Tuesday’s telecast of Anderson 360. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s Beyoncé’s world and we’re just living in it.” Well said.
REP. CHAKA FATTAH
The Pennsylvania Congressman addressed Beyoncé’s critics on Wednesday via Twitter: “Beyonce performed the Star Spangled Banner a million times better than any of her detractors.Alicia Keys,Beyonce.Kelly & Katy Perry,Thanks. [sic]” And as we now know, politicians are the biggest BeyHive members of all!
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