The secret is out; Beyoncé lip-synced the National Anthem at Monday’s Presidential Inauguration. A lot of people are seemingly surprised, some even outraged. Imagine that, being outraged because an entertainer entertained.
I’m not surprised nor outraged. For once I’ll defend Beyoncé. She made the right decision to lip-sync. After all Beyoncé is an entertainer, not a singer. For true singers it’s about the moment. How they feel at any given performance will dictate how they sing a particular song. How long to hold a note, when to use their upper or lower register, how much emotion and what kind of emotion to add.
But, for an entertainer it’s only about entertaining. Polishing the act and making sure that each performance is a perfect facsimile of the last and the next.
Beyoncé’s performances have no soul, no heart. Her performances are about perfect execution. Not perfect pitch or perfect emoting. Which is why she was right to lip-sync. And, she entertained the crowd yesterday. In that moment Beyoncé was perfect Beyoncé. She was an empty vessel delivering a song to entertain the masses.
What do you think about Beyoncé’s performance?