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EXCLUSIVE! Beyonce's Using A Teleprompter For Intimate Performances In New York

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This is … odd.

Everyone knows what a teleprompter is, right? You've probably seen people read from them at awards shows or on the news. Basically they are used so the talent isn't bogged down to memorize any lines.

A Perezcious reader was in the audience of Beyonce's show last night in New York and shared with us this surreal tidbit - Beyonce uses a teleprompter.

Now, we don't know if this was show specific or if she uses it frequently, but Queen B was definitely being helped with a script while performing at Roseland last night. Everything was written out for her : every song lyric, intro, even prompts to engage with the audience. Every moment, to the dramatic pauses to the audience cheers were scripted and planned ahead of time. Our reader added:

"It was so distracting that for the first few songs everyone in my immediate area was watching the screen talking the script out loud before she was. It became especially ironic/humorous when she was talking about becoming an actress yet shes reading off of a prompter instead of memorizing the damn words."

Yeah, that's pretty ironic, but you know what? We're not going to harp on Beyonce for this one. The thing is, we bet this show got put together very quickly and she probably didn't have a lot of time to prepare. Knowing Beyonce as we do, she was probably more concerned with ensuring that each performance would kill, especially since a lot of the songs on the album she has never performed publicly before.

Is she better than this? Of course. Should she have waited to tour till she was ready and not rush into a string of shows without rehearsal? Probably. Is listening to her golden voice pierce the air with song as only she can worth the not-so-subtle distraction? Depends we guess.

What do U think? Cut her some slack or demand on the best from the diva?

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50 comments to “EXCLUSIVE! Beyonce's Using A Teleprompter For Intimate Performances In New York”

  1. 1

    I've lost interest in her once her new album came out. I still like her but eh… her albums seem like there just recycled in each album.

  2. luvu2 says – reply to this


    I immediately thought of Barbra Streisand who uses a teleprompter to ease her stagefright …. I think you're reading waaaay too much into this Perez. There are multiple reasons she could be using it,Who cares?

  3. 3

    She's never done anything for me. She just thinks she's Fabulous and the Star of the world, her ego has done her in. She's a hack, big assed, fake hair and can't sing. Go away Beyonce.

  4. 4

    Don't mock her, you mysoginist !

    Seriously, it's really hard to remember that masterpiece : who run the world, giiirls, who run the world, giiiirls, who run the world, giiiirls…who
    What next again ?

  5. 5

    She's a hack!!!!

  6. 6

    I was also there last night, and while she was fantastic, the concert was supposed to start at 8:00, and she didn't take the stage until about 9:55, and only sang until 11:15, so the audience was standing waiting for her to come out for longer than she was actually on stage! I thought it was rude especially because it's a standing venue, so the audience was stuck standing for two hours waiting for her!

  7. 7

    And I use cue cards when I give a public presentation even though I know the material and made charts and graphs myself.

    Who gives a f**** - even with a teleprompter could any of you actually sing the way she could? You're there to hear her voice and experience her replicating her artwork. All this gossipy hate on people is too much dude.

  8. 8

    who cares?….Barbra Streisand uses a teleprompter.

  9. 9

    Most artist do - clearly you haven't been to all the concerts you claim to go to.

  10. 10

    If you can't put in the time and effort to memorize recycled, generic songs OTHER people write for you, you don't deserve to be on a freaking stage.

  11. 11

    Barbra Streisand has stage fright, Beyonce just sucks

  12. kq86 says – reply to this


    fyi Perez… this is not a big deal at all. nor is it a new concept. many performers use teleprompters during live performances. even bands like Metallica and Rush use them every night. when you have so much going on during a show, forgetting the words is pretty easy to do, especially for new material or songs that you haven't performed in years. i think you need to retract this story, or at least add on an explanation that it's NOT A BIG DEAL.

  13. 13

    not surprised - have you heard her talk?? toddler's can string a sentence together better than she can……….

  14. 14

    The first hour of the show is her narrating her life story basically. She has to recite it precisely in order for all the queues to go off with out a hitch. That's why there's a prompter.

  15. 15

    She has openly talked about the fact that she sometimes forgets her lyrics, so what its not the huge of a deal at least she doesn’t get on stage and lip sync 100% of her performances like some artist…

  16. 16

    how shocking, thank god your here to bring this to us.

  17. 17

    oh yeah and from the looks of the second picture it doesn't look like anyone was distracted by the teleprompter

  18. 18

    The Stones have used a prompter for years. This is a very common practice. For the most part I would say it's used more as a reference tool.

  19. 19

    Queen B can do as she damn pleases…can't get enough of 4…love it!

  20. 20

    First you outed her performance at the billboard awards saying she stole the idea from another artist. Now, you are technically shading another of her perfomance. Perez, you are a big piece of trash. What happened to her bet 2011 performance? Didnt you dig up any hidden fact? Huh? What did you have to say about it other than post just two sentences. And then you go tell mtv that you like her when all youve been doing is slam her over here. Guess what? Beyonce doesnt give a fuck about you or your gay loosers. She is no saint of course, but at least she was reading the lyrics and not lip synching it. Why do i even bother, people with more class and talent have confessed that she really is superior to all these musicians. I guess being at the top aint easy becos those who are not on your level will try and stop your shine. Its such a shame that you dont listen to good music or know good music when you hear it even as your aged. Still thinking like a little kid. All the comments from readers on posts about other people are hateful, really why so much hate? Who is PERFECT!!!!? No one!!! We all have made mistakes at one point or another. You all are hypocrites i swear. This place is just filled with negative energy. There is not even one congratulatory comment. Its people like you all who would kill jesus all over again if he became human just like the saducees did. God sees, i swear he has eyes, he's watching. The way you judge people is the way youll be judged.

  21. 21

    so she's not interested in learning the words to her shitty ass songs either. makes two of us

  22. 22

    Re: IciParis – thats funny

  23. 23

    I take no issue with the use of a teleprompter….what I have issue with is her shitty music, terrible clothes and irritating personality

  24. 24

    why even bother posting this? its not a big deal.

  25. 25

    Whatever. She's still killin' it. Next!—–>

  26. 26

    Big fucking deal… Do you know how many albums she has out.. honestly, its hard to remember all the words.. its a lot easier to a backing track - but I've sang Karoke songs before that I know the words to everytime the song comes on the radio, but for some reason when they remove the actual singer, its a lot harder to remember the words. LOL idk why- it just is. who the eff cares- and I doubt she was reading a script to talk and do hype woman stuff for an audience..

  27. 27

    She may be taping these shows for a DVD, hence the scripted pauses and other attentions to details. You want those things to be perfect and to get as many good takes as you can.She wanted as little mistake as possible, so she had a little support. So what!

  28. 28

    "Knowing Beyonce as we do" bwahahahahahahaha!

  29. 29


  30. 30

    Wow .. what a loser.. wtf is going on in her life that she is too busy to learn lyrics to her own fucking songs…-_-

  31. 31

    So…..this is how you entertain your fans by going off a script?

  32. 32

    that hilarious cue the crowd: "hello my name is beyonce"
    beyonce: "hello my name is beyonce"

  33. 33

    Barbra Streisand has used teleprompters for her performances because she admits to forgetting the lyrics on stage. I'm pretty sure she & Beyonce aren't the only ones who use it.

  34. 34

    beyonce is lame. she's so old already no wonder she can't remember her own lyrics. she's got the brain of a senior citizen. haha who still listens to beyonce? lol

  35. @v@ says – reply to this


    I have no problem with that. She's not lipsynching. After a few shows the patter and new tune lyrics are ingrained, but it's nice to have there just in case. Keeping lyrics handy in a case of memory blank is common, professional, and vocalists rarely refer to them.

  36. 36

    and that's why she can't be like Whitney or Mariah, hate her voice plus i knew she did something fake when i watch her sing but her eyes look dead, damn this generation sucks

  37. 37

    It's not like she stands there and reads them word by word. They're there as a safety measure should she happen to have a momentary brain fart and forgets the words.

  38. 38

    so much for being so heartfelt, and someone who cares about her shows. c'mon now. being cued to engage with the audience? and they call britney a puppet? just saying.

  39. 39

    Are you people for real? Beyonce is a living legend and can do as she damn well pleases. That voice ain't teleprompted and neither are them dance moves.With or without a teleprompter, Beyonce is the shit and you know this!

  40. 40

    PEREZ HILTON (MARIO) AND HIS WRITERS have been blatantly trying to destroy her image for a while now. As a vocal major, I know that Beyoncé is one of the most talented and technically-gifted performers to date and it is a shame for Perez to try to overshadow her with Lady Gaga and other artists. Beyoncé is one of most humble people I have ever met and she doesn't deserve this.

  41. 41

    Also, what kind of "EXCLUSIVE" shit is this? Everyone at the concert knew about this BUT no one cares! The show is being filmed for a DVD release so it seems logical. But how is this news?

  42. 42

    Yeah I don't think she's the first one to do it. She's had how many albums out? And sings how many covers? If she forgot a lyrics who's bad dressing Queen of all media ass would post it on his pretty pink site? Yeah that's what I thought. That'd be why she's got the prompter.

  43. 43

    Teleprompters are usually for the older groups who have issues remembering the lyrics to their back catalog songs! Having even your stage banter written out of for you sounds more like she's a puppet who isn't even trusted by her handlers to speak freely during a public appearance!

  44. Bluva says – reply to this


    so you don't talk about beyonce for days and the moment you decide to talk about her your trying to diss her? i will never understand you.

  45. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: lastonestanding – She may have written her own banter. Shows are long, and just like giving a speech, she may want to be sure she doesn't forget to say something poignant that she wants to get across to her audience. The singer/frontman decides what she's going to do up there. She holds the mic.

  46. 46

    People are stupid. If someone's awkwardly standing on stage, people complain they have no stage presence. If someone's owning the stage, people compain they're over confident. Get with the programme people, you HAVE to be a confident person if you want to do well in this business.

  47. 47

    The entire show was scripted! Even the prompts to get the crowd going. “An intimate night with Beyonce” became an “impersonal night”. The show was perfect — too perfect. Her astro crap (my way of saying a person’s astrology. bey’s is virgo sun, scorpio moon and rising) really didn’t leave much to spontinety. There was nothing personal, nothing raw, nothing flawed and i left feeling nothing. I felt like i just attended an award show, not a music concert.

  48. 48

    Oh. God who cares she most probably has a million things going on or she could be stressed no one knows but whatever! I bet if this was gaga you wouldn't dream of "reporting" it you Jack off

  49. 49

    She is probably nervous because it's intimate and she's performing to a lot of celebrities, she doesn't want it to be slapdash and I can understand that. If she didn't know her song lyrics and just stood their reading it off it would be embarrassing but we all know the performer she is.

    Also the show is being recorded as a DVD and possibly televised so NOT having a prompter on her own DVD would be pretty stupid. + Big deal, if you paid $150 to go to a Beyoncé show and spent the night reading text to help the performer then it's your waste.

    You're trying to find any gap to hate Beyoncé and I really do not understand why.

  50. 50

    oh.. While I understand why she uses it, I wouldn't like that at all.. Even though almost every singer out there has a scripted performance, it still seems personal when they say all the things they say on stage and you do want to feel special and that the performer speaks whatever's on their mind right Now.. This takes all that away! I would get really disappointed if I would attend a concert were every minute was scripted