NEW ORLEANS - Beyonce faced the music at a news conference Thursday before the Super Bowl, admitting that she sang along to a pre-recorded track when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day.
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 pre-recorded 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.