Controversial, yes, but why? When a singer’s talent has been proven through the years, there’s no need to question their abilities. The only way I would understand why everyone is up in arms, is if Beyonce wasn’t singing to her own voice. That’s a scandal.
I was there. I may not have been close to the “I Was Here” singer, but I heard her voice loud and clear. No, I didn’t hear her take breaths into the mic and the performance lacked imperfect pitch indicative of a live performance in cold weather. Honestly, as I stood out in front of the Capitol amongst strangers, all anticipating King Bey’s performance, I was slightly disappointed once she sang her last note.
This historic moment deserved authenticity. Beyonce didn’t deliver. The world is now upset. I was left wanting more, but I wasn’t ready to run to Twitter to express my disdain. I just figured she played it safe, didn’t want to “do the most” and delivered a very boring (don’t judge me, you know the national anthem isn’t the most interesting song in the world) rendition of the national anthem. Let’s not act as if Beyonce isn’t one of the best performers (in my Kanye voice) of ALL time! Plus, let’s be real. She’s not the first, nor the last uber-talented singer who relied on a back track. Word to Whitney Houston’s (rumored) lip-synced rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Excuse Beyonce as she gets her SANG on…
“She didn’t sound live. I didn’t hear pauses, gasps or anything. It seemed like it played all the way through. It was smooth. Afterwards, someone in the crowd was like, ‘That’s it?’ People loved Kelly’s performance. They cheered and once Beyonce was finished, you could hear a pin drop. I could have gone to sleep.”
Then I asked Chief Content Officer of Interactive One, Smokey Fontaine, who also attended and was very close to the singer during her performance and he said:
“I was 20 ft from her. She was singing. I was watching that woman sing. It’s online hate. We’re a victim of the 24/7 news cycle and everyone needs a big story. They love tearing people down and she’s in the web of tear down mentality. When someone reaches a phenomenal height, we all have something to say. Was it the most moving performance of Beyonce I’ve ever seen? No. It was average. Did she leave her heart out there? Probably not. I don’t think she was expected to and she was sitting in the cold for two hours prior with Jay the whole time. I don’t think that’s a fair expectation for that level of performance.”