Beyonce Sings National Anthem Live at Press Conference, Admits Lip-Synching

Confessions of Beyonce. Beyonce appeared at a Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans on Thursday Jan. 31 — and before she took questions from reporters, she gave an unexpected performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Looking stunning in a long-sleeved white dress, the superstar, 31, asked her audience, “Will you all please stand?”

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The Grammy winner then proceeded to sing the National Anthem live, with no accompanying music — and no pre-recorded backtrack. And, once that live performance was done, Beyonce admitted that she did, indeed use a backing track last Monday in Washington, D.C. for her much-speculated rendition of the same song at President Barack Obama‘s Inaugruation.

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Beyonce addresses the media Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

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“I am a perfectionist,” she said. “And one thing about me: I practice ’till my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show… Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check… I did not feel comfortable singing live.”

She added: “I love haters.”

As sources had previously told Us Weekly, Beyonce explained that she sang along in her own voice last Monday to a “pre-recorded track.” But when it comes time for her Super Bowl performance this Sunday Feb. 3? Beyonce will “absolutely be singing live,” she assured reporters. (Check out more photos of Beyonce from the Super Bowl press conference via PopSugar!)

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Beyonce performs the National Anthem at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Press Conference at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on January 31, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kevin Mazur/

“She did sing,” a source previously told Us. “There was a [pre-recorded] track, but Bey sang 100 percent.” The confusion began after a rep for U.S. Marine Corp Band told several media outlets that the superstar chose to lip-synch over a track at the last minute.

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“[Using a pre-recorded track at live events] is very very common,” the source continued. “The track was only there as a backup.”

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