Beyoncé sings National Anthem live in New Orleans

For the first time since her inauguration snafu, Beyoncé takes questions on lip-syncing -- and the Super Bowl VIDEO

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Beyoncé sings National Anthem live in New OrleansRecording artist Beyonce performs the National Anthem during the halftime show press conference in New Orleans, January 31, 2013. (Credit: Reuters/Jim Young)

Beyoncé’s had a busy year — the singer, performing at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show, delivered a memorable, and memorably less-than-live, rendition of the National Anthem at Barack Obama’s inauguration last week. For the first time since the lip-syncing scandal, the singer opened the floor to questions at a pre-Super Bowl press conference in New Orleans — but not before belting a live rendition of the National Anthem to assembled reporters.


The a cappella anthem didn’t stop the questions from a generally reverent press. “Did any sound come out of your vocal chords during the inauguration?” asked the most aggressive of the group.

“I did sing along with the pre-recorded track,” Beyoncé conceded tersely. She had previously noted, “I will absolutely be singing live. I am well rehearsed, and I will absolutely be singing live. This is what I was born for.” Another reporter compared her to Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson.

Though Beyoncé acknowledged that she had “haters” — “I love haters!” she told a group of reporters who lavishly praised her even as they asked about an embarrassing moment — she seemed little-prepared for much questioning. Asked by a Danish reporter what color her toothbrush was, she replied, “Blue? Blue and yellow, maybe.”

Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_

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