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  • 1 February 2013, 10:18

Beyonce: Why I Lip-Synced At Inauguration

Superstar singer Beyonce has said she lip-synced the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration because she wanted her performance to be flawless.

After opening a news conference on Thursday by belting out The Star-Spangled Banner - as if to leave no doubt of her capabilities - Beyonce answered questions from reporters about the inauguration show and her upcoming Super Bowl appearance.

She is scheduled to perform during the Sunday championship football game's half-time show.

The singer called herself a "perfectionist" and said various conditions - including cold weather and lack of time to practise - led to her decision to use a pre-recorded track at Mr Obama's ceremony.

She said: "I practise until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra.

"Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk.

"It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry.

"I'm very proud of my performance."

All inaugural performances are pre-recorded ahead of time as a fallback.

Beyonce has trailed photos and video of herself preparing for the Super Bowl show, which is expected to be the biggest audience of her career.

Last year's half-time performance by Madonna was the most-watched Super Bowl show ever, with roughly 114 million viewers - more than watched the football game itself.

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