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TheWrap.com, Published January 22 2013

VIDEOS: Last-minute decision forced Beyonce to lip-sync anthem, spokeswoman says

Oh, say, did you see Beyoncé Knowles sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Obama's inauguration?

No, you did not - because she was lip-syncing, according to The New York Times.

A spokeswoman for the United States Marine Band - which accompanied Knowles during the performance - told the Times that the songbird's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Monday's inauguration a previously recorded track.

Master Sgt. Kristin duBois told the Times that the singer and the band were told at the last minute by the ceremony's organizers to use recorded version of the national anthem that was taped at the Marine Barracks Annex the previous night. DuBois did not say who why the order was issued.

"We don't know why," Sergeant duBois said. "But that is what we were instructed to do, so that is what we did. It's not because Beyoncé can't sing. We all know Beyoncé can sing. We all know the Marine Band can play."

DuBois added that other performances - including "American Idol" favorite Kelly Clarkson's rendition of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" - was performed live.