On January 21, 2013, R&B songstress Beyonce Knowles performed the American national anthem at President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration, held at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.. While her performance received a positive response from critics and celebrities. Billboard Magazine wrote “she delivered a stunningly inspired version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’”, while a reviewer for the New York Post praised Knowles for “a flawless rendition”. British journalist and television host Piers Morgan used his personal Twitter account to write, “And THAT’S why she’s the No1 performer in world music….. incredible!.” Shortly after the performance, Master Sgt. Kristin DuBois of the US Marine Band reportedly told some news outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, that Beyonce’s performance was pre-recorded and she lip-synced the entire track. She later clarified her statement and removed the implication of lip-syncing because she was possibly threatened with a huge lawsuit. According to Marine Corps media officer Eric Flanagan, stated the following, “However, there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event.” After the lip-synced performance haters went on a rampage and disappointment was seen all over Twitter with tweets of disgust from fans that Beyonce would do something so disrespectful. People couldn’t understand why…
During a press conference for the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show on January 31, 2013, Beyonce confirmed that her performance was sung to a pre-recorded track because she “did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra.” She explained that “due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing-along with my pre-recorded track, which is common in the industry”. Beyoncé had enough of the drama and decided to silence all of her haters by singing live during today’s Super Bowl XLVII official press conference.
She walked on stage in a white tight fitting dress and before answering any questions, she belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” live. “Any questions?” she laughed after receiving amazing applause from reporters and paparazzi, after shocking them into total submission. She also addressed the lip-syncing rumors telling reporters, “I’m very proud of my performance.” After owning the press conference with her beautiful voice she discussed rumors that Destiny’s Child will join her onstage, and hinted about going on tour. She stated, “I can’t really give you any details.”
People were wondering when she will tour, she stated “I would say soon and I may have an announcement after the performance.” After her press conference, she changed into a red dress made her rounds with various news outlets and then sat down with Deion Sanders on the NFL Network to discuss her highly anticipated performance, motherhood and some of her favorite past performers. She has been preparing for her show for several months, watching past performances online and selecting which songs she will fit into her 12-minute Super Bowl half-time show.
Beyonce also revealed that there will be new choreography and wardrobe changes during the performance. Talking about her show she said, “This is the highlight of a career. The hardest thing was figuring out what I was gonna perform.”
Destiny’s Child released a compilation album titled Love Songs on January 29. The album is a collection of romantic-themed songs from the group’s previous albums and also includes the newly recorded song “Nuclear”. On February 3, 2013, Knowles will perform at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, to be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Her upcoming feature-length documentary film, Life is But a Dream, will premiere on HBO on February 16, 2013. The film, which she had directed and produced herself. The documentary film will feature behind the scenes footage of her childhood, her role as a mother and businesswoman, recording in the studio, rehearsing for live performances and balancing her family life. Including her return to the spotlight following the birth of her beautiful daughter Blue Ivy.
Beyonce will star as Queen Tara in the upcoming 3D CGI animated film called Epic, that is based on William Joyce‘s children book The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. The film is being produced by Blue Sky Studios, and directed by Chris Wedge, the director of Ice Age (2002) and Robots (2005). It stars the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Steven Tyler, Aziz Ansari, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Beyoncé and Colin Farrell. The family film is scheduled to be released by 20th Century Fox on May 24, 2013. The film is described as a “battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and evil” and tells a story of a teenage girl who finds herself in a secret world, where she must help a team of fun and whimsical characters to save their world, which also saves the real world.
During a recent interview with The Boombox, Ryan Tedder said that he is currently writing new material for Beyonces’ upcoming fifth studio album and revealed that “there [are] two projects happening.” Beyonce’s also working with Azealia Banks, Diane Warren, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Missy Elliott, Ne-Yo, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz, The-Dream and Timbaland. The highly anticipated album is scheduled to be released sometime during April 2013. What do you think about Beyonce’s recent performance and upcoming documentary? Will you be watching?