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My Turn: Live or Recorded? It Doesn’t Matter

One way or another, Beyonce Knowles sang the National Anthem at the inauguration ceremony for President Obama on January 21, 2013. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

We’ve had a couple of days to ruminate on the question of whether Beyonce Knowles sang the National Anthem for President Obama’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, or whether she was doing a lip-sync version..

First we were hearing that she had recorded it earlier, then those who had put out that story were backing away.

But I’m here to tell you that I don’t think it matters.

I understand the whole thing about having a backup version in case the weather was too cold.

And I really wonder how Yo-Yo Ma could “hand-sync” his performance at the 2009 ceremony, but he apparently did–he says it was too cold for instruments to work properly.

I was working and didn’t hear it on Monday, but by all accounts Beyonce did a bang-up version, regardless of which one anybody heard..

And wasn’t that the idea in the first place?

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