Later, though, a media officer from the Pentagon said that the singer and the band never had the opportunity to rehearse live together, but added, "No one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded." (According to an NPR analysis, it appears that singer may have performed live – to a backing track.)
While Beyoncé has yet to speak out (live or otherwise) on the topic, it's not the first time the national anthem has been lip-synced: Whitney Houston's performance at the 1991 Super Bowl – arguably one of the best renditions of all time – was pre-recorded. But still, the revelation that Beyoncé put a tape on it didn't sit well with 63% of PEOPLE readers, who voted on Twitter that they were bothered by her seemingly pre-taped performance.
But not everyone was frustrated with the apparent lip-sync.
Beyoncé's Destiny's Child mate Michelle Williams defended the singer to Entertainment Tonight, saying, "It's their personal preference. With big crowds and echoes, you know when it's a big historical moment, you don't want any room for any mistakes so I can understand why it was done."