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Beyoncé's Inaugural Scandal: Jennifer Lopez And LeAnn Rimes Defend Lip Synching!

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Beyoncé is under some SCORCHING fire after speculation that she lip synched her Star Spangled Banner performance at the presidential inauguration, but at least she has Jennifer Lopez and LeAnn Rimes to help put out the flames!

J.Lo and LeAnn agree that President Barack Obama's BFF probably didn't have a choice!

The country singer took time away from throwing Brandi Glanville shade and told Jimmy Kimmel:

"I'm actually taking up for her on this one. There are times when people will ask you to do it, and they will not let you do it unless you do it because they want control over what happens."

For once, LeAnn is actually making sense!

And during her interview on The Daily Show, Jennifer admitted:

"In certain venues and stuff, they do prerecord things, because you're going to have that terrible slapback. All performers do have to do it at some point."

If there would be any time our Queen Bey (or anyone!) would have to get some pre-recorded help, a presidential, national performance would be it!

Talk about PRESSURE!

We still know you can belt it gurl!!!

[Image via Pure Beyonce.]

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49 comments to “Beyoncé's Inaugural Scandal: Jennifer Lopez And LeAnn Rimes Defend Lip Synching!”

  1. 1

    THis is total BS. No one forced her to lip sync it was her choice.. & NO way should anyone lip sync the National Anthem at the Inauguration. Disgrace!

  2. 2

    No surprise Lopez lipsyncs. Their arguments are bullshit though.

  3. 3

    Yes, Beyonce can sing. But she didn't sing the National Anthem on this occasion - she pretended to sing and acted as though it was real by false gestures such as removing her earpiece.

    Given the forum of the performance, her lip synching was a disgrace to the President, to the live audience, to the television viewers and to artists like Kelly Clarkson who sang live under the identical conditions & circumstance.

  4. Samantha says – reply to this


    Re: Kittens With Mittens – you are absolutely right!!

  5. Kelly says – reply to this


    I am not a fan of Beyonce, never have been. That being said, I don't know how someone can defend lip syncing. If you're job is being a singer, shouldn't you, I don't know, SING?? Music today is over produced and water down, it's really hard to find REAL talent because everything is a gimmick, to make money. It's probably why Adelle has found so much success, because we were craving substance, real talent, no flash, just talent.

  6. This Bitch says – reply to this


    If they asked her to do it then why did kelly sing live in the same spot?

  7. 7

    If you can't sing live, well then, don't be a singer.

  8. 8

    I agree about the Kelly comments.

    If it was a venue/event requirement, then why did Kelly sing live?

    It doesn't matter that much , but making these excuses makes it seem like a bigger deal than it actually is.

  9. kirai1 says – reply to this


    Leanne sort of defended beyonce, but when asked if she will do the same thing as what she did, said no. She said she always sings live (because she knows she can actually sing like Kelly who sang live). Please don't start with Jennifer Lopez the auto tune girl, of course she will defend Beyonce they are both mediocre singers.

  10. nadine says – reply to this


    kelly did it live, that already makes her inexcusable and aretha did it live back in 08 so dont even cover this bitch with stupid excuses. if beyonce has one of the so called best voices of all time, how can the administration or whoever was in charge of her to get her to perform make her use a pre-recorded track since her voice is oh so flawless. nothing would have gone wrong except her fucking it up. kelly shouldve sang it, shes a singer that actually has the respect and dignity to truly represent her country with a beautiful voice unlike beyonce who got that gig just because shes BFFL with obama. pathetic. beyonce's pre-recorded version of the star spangled banner had diva written all over it which ruined it right when she sang the first note. that song is not meant to display your vocal gymnastics, you're supposed to sing it in a respectable, non-diva-ish fashion that was given by the ORIGINAL score that was composed in the 1800's, not the way fucking queen bey wants the musical score to look like.

  11. 11

    you dumb ass bitches..Beyonce is one of the BEST singers of our time! Aretha and Whitney both have had pre recorded national anthem moments at inaugurations and past super bowls…ITS A COMMON PRACTICE! You idiots say she ripped out her ear piece to pretend she was singing? what a bunch of bull shit. people are gonna hate on her because she is a THREAT and the BIGGEST singer in the world! GO BEYONCE!!

  12. 12

    and its only a RUMOR! Wtf said she was faking it?! its a rumor that got blown outta line. shes the mother fucking queen and she can do what she wants!!

  13. 13

    Re: nadine – I totally agree. I find it very insulting when a singer turns the anthem into a showcase for themselves. I too heard that first note and knew she was going to ruin it. Sing it to tempo, sing it how it was written, and encourage people to sing it with you. Why can't they do that?

  14. 14

    talentless classless tasteless whores, the whole bunch of them

  15. 15

    "All performers do have to do it at some point.""
    And yet the other lady got by just fine. these excuses are so much bullshit.

  16. 16

    Re: rosebud99 – Go to youtube:"maya rudolph national anthem". It's hysterical and she does a hilarious mocking of artists who twist the anthem to "make it their own".

  17. AtlantaTony says – reply to this


    Who cares what Leann says…she is a has been for years! And J. Lo is the princess of never singing live right behind Ms. Spears herself!

  18. 18

  19. 19

    lopez and rimes, of course they didn't see a problem. I really hope you people aren't shelling out hundreds of dollars to see someone lip-sync.

  20. 20

    Lip syncing has been around as long as music has been on TV and pre-recorded music is 99.9% of what your hear on radio/buy on iTunes, etc.: what's the big deal? Calm down people, move along now…

  21. nippy says – reply to this



  22. @v@ says – reply to this


    No, no, no! It's like a DJ spinning, versus a LIVE BAND. NOT THE SAME! Performing is about authenticity and what could and does happen, great or not so great. If OCD perfectionism has erroneously become the rule of the day, spontaneity
    and the thrill…is GONE. Performing is all about the facing challenge and the thrill!
    Chicken shits!

  23. Alan Brickman says – reply to this


    Maybe she was just humbled and scared it happens to the best of us…..

  24. Ashley Symone says – reply to this


    Re: Kittens With Mittens – if she were lip synching wouldn't it make sense to leave the ear piece in? I mean she would need to hear the vocals to properly lip sync wouldnt she? I mean that's just common sense. I don't think she was lip synching, but if she were I wouldn't be upset. People are just acting so stupid because she's Beyonce & everyone hates to see her winning. Come on, Whitney, Jennifer Hudson, Micheal Jackson, Mariah Carey are all legendary singers and guess what they have all lip sync, so why all the disgust with Beyonce? I just really don't get people obsession with her. There was a school shooting yesterday at my school in Houston Tx, why isn't that world breaking news? Why is that not front page, instead of Beyonce lip synching?

  25. 25

    Just embarrassing that she lip-synched the national anthem at the presidential inauguration. J.Lo has never sung live ever. People are sick of fake-phony singers and crave the live performance.

  26. 26

    Re: il1k31th0t18 – Check your facts. She's the queen of lip-synching the national anthem, a difficult song to sing.

  27. barb says – reply to this


    It has been" confirmed "that Beyonce did indeed lipsync ….mayself I think she copped out. If she's so great she should have had no problem singing the anthem live….she fooled me and that makes me angry…it's a disgrace…makes me wonder how many other performances she has fudged.

  28. 28

    Re: Ashley Symone – I can't speak for others, but my annoyance at her lip synching is that this wasn't a concert, or a football game or a stint on Saturday Night Live. This was a performance for the swearing in of the President. There are times when it's inappropriate to fake it and pass off your performance off as live and this was one of those times.

  29. Em says – reply to this


    Pretty disappointing that SO MANY OTHER singers that ahem… SING…. would have rocked it!
    You have one job…. to sing a song… no one is asking you to write a documentary about yourself, directed by yourself about how you like to… SING…. so… sing right? I mean technically she practically paid Obama to get herself in a position to be invited to sing, that’s what happens when you give someone 4 millions dollars to put them in office… just saying… but “I struggle with how much of myself to reveal”… you must REALLY be struggling! p.s. yes, whitney lip synced so it must be ok…. but whitney also smoked crack…

  30. yvassallo says – reply to this


    It has been tat both Beyonce and the us marine band were lip and play syncing to a pre recorded track while Kelly clarkson sung live. it was beyonce who made the decision to lip sync. why idk, but i think it was stupid of her to do so. kelly was beautiful and i think we should be talking bout kelly's win and not about bey's lose

  31. kirai1 says – reply to this


    Re: il1k31th0t18 – WTF are you smoking? either your deaf or blind?
    Maybe even both.

  32. kirai1 says – reply to this


    Re: nippy – I've seen 3 of Madonna's concert (front row) and she sings live. You can tell because at the end with all the dancing and singing you can hear her breathing hard and her voice becomes strained. You can watch her concerts on youtube and you can see she sings live.

  33. 33

    I love Jennifer, but she isn't the best singer. LeAnn is a mess. She isn't getting any help here. You get paid to sing, then sing! Ask Kelly, she sang live.

  34. @v@ says – reply to this


    It appears to have become more about the packaging than the performance.
    Sell, sell, sell. The definition of 'artist' has sure changed.

  35. 35

    If lip syncing wasn't a big deal then why try to make everyone think you are performing LIVE? Why the fraud? They would not force some singers to lip sync and others to perform LIVE. That is a ridiculous excuse! Having LeeAnn Rimes speak in your defense is not a compliment. How about the Marine band? Why not record their music beforehand and pretend to play their instruments for the crowd so there wouldn't be any mistakes etc? A singer's voice is her instrument and this wasn't a concert performance or having a big dance routine included. It is an honor to be asked to sing your country's song for the inauguration of it's President and should have been treated as such.

  36. 36

    not to worry beyonce it was just a moment of weakness…..but girl that was kinda shady#lmao#

  37. ABBELLA says – reply to this


    im guessing the true winner here is CHRISTINA AGUILERA say what you want but she NEVER LIP-SYNC'S never needs to.. she may of once in the thousands of times she sang the ANTHEM messed up 4 words of the song , BUT ATLEST YOU KNOW SHE DID IT LIVE !

  38. ABBELLA says – reply to this


    Im guessing the true winner here is CHRISTINA AGUILERA say what you want but she NEVER LIP-SYNC'S never needs to. she may have only once in the thousands of times since she was the age of 4yrs old, singing the ANTHEM in an emotional stew, messed up 4 words of the song , BUT ATLEST YOU KNOW SHE DID IT LIVE !

  39. 39


  40. Damnn Lip Sync ! says – reply to this


    Beyonce did the best thing for the audience and gave them a better performance. Any professional musician would applaud her. If poor Kelly knew about this accompaniment HELL she would have done the same. Sadly, Kelly was first, when Beyonce heard the horrid mess and chose to give the audience better music.

  41. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Damnn Lip Sync ! – No, a lot of professional musicians…haven't 'applauded' it. Trust me on this one.
    Hey, it's done so much these days that it's almost accepted, but that doesn't mean it's
    a good thing. It was a persona choice she made. Thing is, she can sing, so I don't get it.

  42. bob says – reply to this


    beyoce sucks period! can she and taylor swift be gone for good?

  43. islandgrrrl says – reply to this


    If you think Beyonce is one of the greatest singers of our time, you must be VERY young or not musically intelligent at all. She, like Lopez, are not real singers. You take all that flash away from them and stick a mic in their hands and could they hold an audience and give goosebumps, no way. Leanne Rimes is not the most respectable character herself, but she can SING for real and give an audience goosebumps. Beyonce is an inflated egomaniac. Her and Jay z think they own the world. They own nothing and will never be the Michael Jackson's of our time, like they soooo desperately want to be. Wake up.

  44. The Scammer's Child says – reply to this


    Booooooooo….she will get be booed ….. :(

  45. Cannon says – reply to this


    If your a singer, then why not, I dont know…..SING?!!! Beyonce got caught and my guess is that she always lipsings, probably never sings live, Im guessing she needs help from autotune. Sad really because she had everyone fooled into thinking she was the real deal. What a disgrace and fraud to call yourself a singer but then get on stage and act rather then actually sing. The public needs to take a stand against fraudulent singers and not buy their music or go to their concerts, send a clear message to these record co panies, either you sign a talented artist/the real deal or risk going bankrupt.

  46. Cannon says – reply to this


    Re: @v@ – How do you know she can sing? She clearly lipsings, and probably has done it her whole career! Get a clue! She is backed by a powerhouse, so thats why its always been hush hush, this time the truth slipped through the cracks. She thinks she is an icon, but really she is an example of a person being molded into a star, despite lack of talent. Look at Taylor Swift, its the same thing.

  47. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Cannon – Haha, maybe. Have seen a few live performances from her
    (I think they were live, lol,) but anyway a few of her tunes and a movie or two have shown she has some chops. I'm not saying how great they are or aren't, but she does have some.

  48. GoldenPrince says – reply to this


    Honestly, I don't give a F**K whether Beyonce was Lip Synching at the Inauguration or not. The voice on the "track" was HERS. I don't personally believe that she was in FACT lip synching and if you are going to make bold claims and assertions that she did, I believe and think that you the accuser have the burden of proof. Prove that she was not singing live and I may or may not believe you based on the "evidence" that you present. Actually, I might even go as far as saying I will only believe she was not singing live if I hear HER say it out of her own mouth. I am a Beyonce fan and I am not saying she would NEVER do what she is being accused of but the fact remains that the voice on the song is ALL HER.

  49. What? says – reply to this


    Re: nippy
    What the hell are U inventing? Madonna's MDNA Tour just like all her tours is LIVE, take at look at Papa Don't Preach, Love Spent, Masterpiece or Don't Cry for Me Argentina from MDNA Tour on You Tube ! You'll notice it's all live. Madonna lip-synched in some occations during her career but her concerts are live. If you want to talk about lip-synchers talk about Britney Spears.