Yesterday, America didn’t have to watch Mitt Romney get inaugurated. Anyone who’s anyone in politics gathered in Washington D.C. to see President Barack Obama swear an oath to preserve, protect and defend our rights. James Taylor, Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé got the chance to serenade the entire country with their vocals. But, as it turns out, one of them wasn’t actually singing live.

The New York Times is reporting that Beyoncé lip-synced the words to the national anthem during President Obama’s second inauguration on Monday.

According to Marine Band spokeswoman Master Sgt. Kristin duBois, Beyoncé’s version was pre-recorded with the Marine Band at a Marine Corps studio in Washington D.C. over the weekend. She also said that the band didn’t have any intonation problems during yesterday’s ceremony, but right before Beyonce took the stage, they were given orders to use the recorded version.

Sergeant duBois said:

“We don’t know why, 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.”

If you watched B’s performance then you might’ve noticed that at one point she took off her earpiece, which might have been one of the reasons for the switch. DuBois mentioned that pre-recorded music is sometimes used, in case the weather is bad or something. Under certain circumstances (like the weather) it can be difficult for the musicians to keep their instruments in tune. It’s happened before.

But if the band wasn’t messing up, and the weather wasn’t making things difficult, why switch to the recorded version? Let the conspiracies begin! Hit us with your best one.

Here’s Beyonce lip-syncing the National Anthem in-front of President Obama and America:

What do you think? Are you a little disappointed?

[via Rolling Stones]