Kudos to Beyonce for bringing the reporters assembled at today’s Super Bowl press conference to their feet — for a live rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Nothing wrong with a little patriotism, especially where the press is involved. Obviously, though, the stunt wasn’t about the anthem but about Beyonce, who was criticized for lip-syncing at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony.
Beyoncé opened her press conference by singing the National Anthem. A Capella. Then said “Any questions?” http://t.co/fvhkA2ns
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) January 31, 2013
Beyonce: "I love haters. No shade. No hate."
— Global Grind (@GlobalGrind) January 31, 2013
After her performance, the singer laughed and asked, “Any questions?” Well, there’s the obvious question: why sing live at the Super Bowl but not inauguration? “It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry,” she explained.
Fans required no explanation, though.
OMG! Beyonce walks in, asks everyone to stand, and starts singing the National Anthem LIVE!! Take that haters. #SB47
— KristinFisher (@KristinFisher) January 31, 2013
I love how Beyonce politely said F-You to everyone today when she walked out at the PC and asked everyone to stand and then SAAAAAANG the NA
— JJisJeni (@JJisJeni) January 31, 2013
Beyonce walked on stage and said stand while I shade the entire country
— No Angel (@_Fuxyotw33tz) January 31, 2013
LOL!! Beyonce shading y'all!! She is singing the National Anthem live at the press conference for all the haters — http://t.co/Ro18yimz
— CONCRETELOOP.COM (@ConcreteLoop) January 31, 2013
Beyoncé held a press conference to flip the bird to people who said she can't sing live – http://t.co/KAHXFqsd
— Kate Wheelbarger (@KateKat2416) January 31, 2013
watched the Superbowl press conference n Im appalled. How dare Beyoncé have to ask those people to stand? They shouldve been on their knees
— Wolf of Luwum Street (@Kekirunga) January 31, 2013
Beyonce has KILLED these haters with Honesty, Elegance, TALENT & most of all, CLASS.
— Khalil (@kbyrd2) January 31, 2013
So, if Beyonce sings live, it’s AMAZING. And if she lip syncs, it’s equally AMAZING because it’s all about the performance. Piers Morgan was among those defending the lip syncing for some reason and was please to see Beyonce wield the anthem as a “screw you” to critics.
#Beyonce singing national anthem live at her press conference was one of the smartest, coolest things I've ever seen a star do. Magnificent!
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 31, 2013
I probably need to unfollow ALL media at the Super Bowl now. I can only stand so many Beyonce tweets.
— RJ's Fro (@RJsFro) January 31, 2013
Beyonce, we all know you CAN sing it. But you didn't. That's the point.
— Kevin Baron (@DefenseBaron) January 31, 2013
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Update: About as surprising as the fact that Beyonce’s inauguration performance was prerecorded was the suggestion that the press’s questions were pre-approved.
— Joel Pavelski (@joelcifer) January 31, 2013