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22 January 2013, 17:12
The 'Love On Top' singer allegedly opted to use the recorded version of her rendition during the ceremony.
Beyonce has been accused of lip-syncing her performance of the US National Anthem during President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony this week.
The 'Countdown' singer performed 'The Star Spangled Banner' on Monday (21st January) to celebrate the Democrat candidate's election to a second term, singing in front of the thousands in attendance at the Washington DC ceremony.
However, according to The Times, Beyonce pre-recorded her performance instead of taking the risk of singing the iconic song live.
The publication cites a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band, which accompanied Beyonce for the performance, who claimed it was "standard procedure" to record the backing track for such a big live performance.
Check out a picture of Beyonce rehearsing her performance ahead of the inauguration ceremony this week below (Credit: Instagram):
The source claims Beyonce decided shortly before the ceremony that she would use the studio version rather than performing live herself.
Beyonce is currently preparing to return with details of her fifth studio album, which is rumoured to features collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams and Timbaland.
Watch Beyonce's performance of 'The Star Spangled Banner' at Barack Obama's inauguration below: