Thursday, January 24, 2013

What controversy? Beyonce shrugs off lip syncing furore as she takes the stage for the first time since THAT Inauguration performance

All that glitters: Beyonce squeezed herself into a plunging gold dress with sequinned skirt and black shoes for a concert at the HSBC arena in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday
The dress showed off her famous 'bootilicious' curves which she teamed with black Mary Jane shoes. 
Ever the professional, the star smiled broadly throughout her performance, even getting off the stage at one point to interact with fans, while clutching a Brazilian flag. 
The lip-synching controversy began when a spokesman for the Marine Corps Band said on Tuesday that Beyoncé did not sing in real time, instead opting for a pre-recorded track of the song.
Good spirits: Beyonce looked happy and relaxed in front of thousands of eager fans 

What controversy: Beyonce looked distinctly unruffled as she energetically sun for fans on the Rio stage

Controversy: There has been debate about whether Beyonce sang live at President Obama's Inauguration on Monday

Hours later, a Marine spokesman backed off the claim and insisted he didn't know one way or the other: 'No one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded'.
Earlier on Tuesday Master Sgt. Kristin duBois said the band was notified at the last minute that Beyoncé would use a pre-recorded voice track.
But later Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf said that because there was no opportunity for Beyoncé to rehearse with the Marine Band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill advised.
Instead they used a pre-recorded track for the band's portion of the song.
'Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance,' Wolf's statement continued, 'no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded.'
Meanwhile, Beyonce is reported to be taking the stage with Destiny's Child bandmates Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland for the first time in over six years for her Superbowl performance on February 3.
The show must go on: Beyonce looked to have taken the controversy in her stride as she waved at fans 

Bootylicious: Beyonce showed off her curvy figure in the revealing mini dress
Meet and greet: The star doesn't seem to have lost any of her appeal as she jumped off stage to sing directly to her eager audience 
The trip are set to sing two of their most famous songs, with Us Weekly revealing the secret set list on Thursday for the performance at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
An insider told the publication: 'Beyonce, will perform her hit Crazy In Love during a solo set to kick off the show.
'Midway through the act, she'll be joined by Rowland, 31, and Williams, 32, to sing a medley of their biggest hits starting with Bills, Bills, Bills, Survivor, and ending with their new track Nuclear.'
The source close to Beyonce told Us Weekly she hopes to 'knock them dead' at the Super Bowl.
Big band entrance: Beyonce appeared on stage in a black waistcoat and footless tights with criss cross design 

National pride: Beyonce clutched a Brazilian flag in one hand during the show 
'She can't wait to get on the Super Bowl stage and show everyone,' the source said.
Beyonce has yet to address the reports although her bandmate Michelle defended her on Thursday's Good Morning America.
'It’s disappointing and saddening to me,' Michelle said about the controversy that exploded in the press after members of the U.S. Marine Corps Band suggested the singer did not perform live. 
'It’s just shocking to me that it’s taken on this. I love her so much. I know what she possesses.
'That was such a big moment for her and I just wish people would just let it go and just continue to look for what she’s going to be bringing for ya’ll in the future.'
Destiny return: Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams are rumoured to be joining Beyonce for a Destiny's Child reunion at the Superbowl