Beyoncé faced the music at a news conference Thursday in New Orleans before the Super Bowl, admitting that she sang along to a prerecorded track when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day, according to The Associated Press.
The singer said she’s a “perfectionist” and wanted her performance for President Barack Obama to be memorable.
She called the day “emotional.”
“I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra,” she 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 prerecorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I’m very proud of my performance.”
She opened her news conference in New Orleans with a live rendition of the national anthem that mirrored the one on Inauguration Day. She asked those at the conference to stand before she belted “The Star Spangled Banner,” and after, she said with a laugh, “Any questions?”