Because Inauguration Day is about style and substance and even a little bipartisanship, here's Beyonce singing the National Anthem. Because she's definitely stylish, has a substantive voice and, for the most part, both sides of the aisle would vote for her.
President Obama greets singer Beyonce after she performed the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Or did Beyonce nail her performance? Not so fast on the kudos, says The Washingtonian.
Reporter Sophie Gilbert has a piece today calling out Beyonce - and the Marines! - for lip-synching and faking the performance. Gilbert points to a collection of proof - including Instagrammed photos from Beyonce herself - that indicate Mrs. Jay-Z was paying lip service:
But to close observers, it appeared the performer was not singing live. To press seated just below the podium, in front of the "President's Own" Marine Corps Band, it was evident that the band wasn't actually playing during the song--even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into their instruments. Separately, at one point during her performance, Beyoncé removed her earpiece.
As if the Obama call-to-action speech wasn't controversial enough, now let the National Anthem arguments ensue.
Hat tip to Dylan Byers.