Since I complimented Beyonce on her rendition of the national anthem at the inauguration, I feel let down by the news that she may have lip-synced her performance. Although it can hardly be considered a scandal, if true it does signify a lack of professionalism on her part, especially if the other charge that she did not devote enough time for rehearsals also holds up.
I can understand if some unavoidable and unexpected event forces the issue, like in the 2008 inaugural when very cold and windy weather resulted in Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman feeling they couldn’t keep their cello and violin in tune and ended up playing unamplified while a recording of their music came over the speakers. But even there, I think the audience should have been told. There is no shame in going to plan B because of such contingencies.
Stephen Colbert analyzed the issue in great detail.
(This clip was aired on January 23, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)