Sound Check

Artists who lip synch: Beyoncé defends her inauguration performance

Beyoncé is defending herself from critics who attacked her for lip-synching 'The Star Spangled Banner' during President Barack Obama’s inauguration.


At a press conference on Jan. 31, the 31-year-old singer explained her decision to not sing live, saying, "I am a perfectionist and one thing about me: I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra."

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She also said, "Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. 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. And I’m very proud of my performance.”

She then proved all the naysayers wrong when she sang the national anthem live.

The same cannot be said for these artists featured below, who have all received some technological help during their shows.

Britney Spears

During her “Circus” tour in 2009, a fan surprised Britney Spears on stage during a song. A video obtained by TMZ shows her screaming as her backing track continues.

Squeeze Theeze Pleeze

In the middle of performing, the lead singer of Squeeze Theeze Pleeze falls off the stage and gets back up to continue lip-synching the song. We’re pretty sure everyone noticed that he wasn’t singing live.

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Scotty McCreery

Performing atop a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float, “American Idol” Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery missed his cue for the start of his song and by the time he caught up, it was too late.

Lindsay Lohan

There are a few instances where starlet Lindsay Lohan can be seen not singing live during this performance of her tune “Rumours,” but the most obvious snafu happens at the 2:13 minute mark when you can hear her voice but her lips do not match up.

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