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Posted: January 23, 2013 at 3:51 a.m.

A spokesman for the U.S. Marine Band told news outlets Tuesday that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Master Sgt. Kristin duBois said the band was notified at the last minute that Beyonce would use a prerecorded voice track. But by late afternoon, the Marine Corps backed off that statement. Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf said that because there was no opportunity for Beyonce to rehearse with the Marine Band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised. Instead they used a prerecorded track for the band’s part of the song. “Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter’s vocal performance,” Wolf’s statement continued, “no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.” A representative for Beyonce did not respond to requests for comment. DuBois declined to answer further questions. Earlier in the day, she told The New York Times that the rest of the inaugural performance was live and she did not know why

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Front Section, Pages 2 on 01/23/2013