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Beyonce sings National Anthem at Super Bowl press conference, admits she lip-synched at inaugural (video)

Jan 31, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

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For those keeping score at home, Beyonce swept in to her Super Bowl press conference today and sang The Star Spangled Banner, live, before then admitting that she had lip-synched the National Anthem at the presidential inauguration. She pleaded guilty, with an explanation:

“I am a perfectionist. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra for a live television show and a very very important emotional show for me one of my proudest moments,” Beyonce told the assembled crowd at the New Orleans Convention Center. “I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration and I wanted to make him and our country proud so I decided to sing along with my prerecorded track. I’m very proud of my performance.”

Beyonce said that he Super Bowl halftime song would be live, however.

“I will absolutely be singing live,” Beyonce said. “This is what I was born to do.”