Before answering questions at a press conference Thursday in New Orleans, the singer asked those at the conference to stand before she belted ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ and after said with a laugh: “Any questions?”
The 31-year-old singer said she’s a “perfectionist” and wanted her performance for President Barack Obama to be a memorable one. She called the day “emotional.”
“I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra,” CBS News quoted her as saying.
Due to no proper sound check, she did not feel comfortable taking a risk.
It was about the president and the inauguration, and she wanted to make him and the country proud, so she decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry, she said.
The R and B star hadn’t spoken publicly since it was alleged that she lip-synched her rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at Obama’s inauguration last week.
Her critically praised performance came under scrutiny less than a day later when a representative from the US Marine Band said that she wasn’t singing live and the band’s accompanying performance was taped.