... to close observers, it appeared the performer was not singing live. To press seated just below the podium, in front of the “President’s Own” Marine Corps Band, it was evident that the band wasn’t actually playing during the song—even though band director Colonel Michael J. Colburn was conducting energetically and the band members mimicked blowing into their instruments. Separately, at one point during her performance, Beyoncé removed her earpiece.
Meanwhile, American Idol Kelly Clarkson, who was photobombed by former President Bill Clinton during the inauguration festivities, also performed on Monday, singing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" after Obama delivered his much anticipated second inaugural address.
James Taylor, not Mitt Romney (thank God), sang "America the Beautiful."
Watch Beyonce's national anthem inauguration performance:
Watch Kelly Clarkson's "My Country 'Tis of Thee" performance: