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We've got to hand it to Beyonce. In less than two minutes, she completely silenced all of her critics -- and she did it in the classiest way possible!
After news broke that she had used a pre-recorded track for her performance of the National Anthem during the presidential inauguration, haters came out of the woodwork to slam the superstar. But Beyonce kept quiet about the whole lip-synching scandal and calmly went about her business of preparing for the Super Bowl halftime show. Until now.
On Jan. 31, Bey took the stage during the Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans. But before opening the floor to questions, she asked everyone in room to stand and then belted out a show-stopping, a cappella rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
When she finished the last note, the crowd went crazy with applause. Beyonce smiled sweetly, before asking: "Any questions?"
The question of whether or not she's capable of singing live was obviously answered. (As if we didn't already know that!) But there were still some questions about the scandal.
When asked about the lip-synching reports, she admitted she used a backing track. "I am a perfectionist," she said. "I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra [at the inauguration]. It was a live television show and a very important moment for me." (See! That's exactly what we thought she'd say!)
Beyonce added, "Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking the risk...so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance."
The subject then shifted to another buzz-worthy topic: Will the halftime show feature a Destiny's Child reunion? When the rumors first surfaced, Michelle Williams shot them down. And while Beyonce refused to give any insight, she definitely left us with a little hope that her former bandmates, Williams and Kelly Rowland, could have plans to make a surprise appearance during the show.
But one thing is for sure: There will be no lip-synching on Sunday night.
"I will absolutely be singing live," Beyonce said. "This is what I was born to do."