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No backing track now! Beyonce began her Super Bowl press conference on Thursday by performing the National Anthem live
Beyonce has finally admitted that she didn't sing live during her performance of the National Anthem on Inauguration Day.
The 31-year-old singer explained that she sang over a pre-recorded track - because she didn't have time to rehearse with the orchestra for the big day on January 21.
Her admission came on Thursday as she attended a press conference in New Orleans ahead of her Super Bowl half-time spectacular on Sunday where, she insists, she will be singing live.
Clearly knowing she would be quizzed over the lip-synching controversy by the packed room of journalists, Beyonce first addressed the matter by singing another rendition of The Star Spangled Banner- this one a live, unaccompanied, a cappella.
The floor was then opened to questions, where Beyonce explained how she wanted her performance for President Barack Obama to be a memorable one - and called the day 'emotional'.
'Please stand': The pop star sang the anthem before taking any questions from the media
Controversial: The singer admitted sang over a pre-recorded backing track during her performance of the national anthem at President Barack Obama's inauguration on January 21
Beyonce, wearing a very short white dress with open back, said: 'I am a perfectionist, I will practise until my feet bleed but I didn't get a chance.
'The inauguration was about the president I wanted to make him and the country proud. I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track which is something that is common in the music industry.
'I always sing live, the inauguration was unfortunately a time when I didn't have time to rehearse with the the orchestra because I was rehearsing for the Super Bowl.
Taking a twirl: Beyonce teamed her very short white dress, which gaped open at the back, with a pair of heels
Ready for a grilling: Seen here walking out onto the stage to the room full of media
'I'm very proud of my performance,' she added.
Speaking about the Super Bowl, she continued: 'I will absolutely be singing live, I am well-rehearsed. This is what I am born for.
'I've had a 16 year career and everything I've done has prepared me for this, I'm ready.
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Mane attraction: Beyonce wore her hair in curls, which tumbled over her right shoulder
Say cheese: The press conference was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
'It is something we've been preparing for for about four or five months but I am nervous.'
She was well-prepared to answer a barrage of questions at Thursday's Super Bowl junket in New Orleans.
But as Beyonce graciously answered reporters' inquiries into forthcoming half-time performance and why she sang with a pre-recorded track for President Obama's inauguration, there was one burning question the singer wasn't expecting: 'What colour is your toothbrush?'
Heads turned toward a gentleman from Denmark who asked the singer the trivial question, in addition to, 'Why did you choose that color?', irritating journalists in the room looking for hard-hitting news.
Proving professional, the 31-year-old answered: 'It's blue and white. Blue and white, I think. Blue and yellow maybe?'
While it has been speculated Beyonce will be joined on stage at the half-time show by her Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, the singer refused to give away any details.
She said: 'I can't give away any details but I will say there is nothing like our connection and the sisterhood we have. It's always a pleasure to be around them personally and professionally.'
Beyonce, 31, also revealed she can't wait until her performance is over so that she can spend time with her husband Jay-Z and their 12-month-old daughter, Blue Ivy.
She explained: 'I can't wait until it's all over, I'm gonna enjoy my daughter. I miss her so much and I keep saying, "Mommy is so busy but I'll be done at 9pm on Sunday."'
The busy singer's HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream will air on February 16 and while she is nervous about sharing her ups and downs with everyone, Beyonce wanted to make the movie for Blue Ivy's sake.
She said: 'I'm very nervous about reaction to my documentary.
Legs on display: The songstress walks over to the lectern to start the press conference
Taking the mic: Beyonce looked stunning as she stepped on stage and belted out the unexpected son
Charming: The singer was full of personality throughout the junket
Flawless and heartfelt: The singer was a professional and candid throughout the Q&A
'It was interesting seeing the mistakes I've made and putting them in the documentary.
'It's time for people to see me and see a different side to me and I'm scared but I'm happy.
'My daughter has changed me and changed my life and given me so much purpose.
'This movie is necessary and shows a human side. My job is to protect her and I am happy to tell my life story on my own terms.'
Tangerine dream: Beyonce later backstage at the press conference in a stunning fitted number
Family support: Beyonce posed with her mother, Tina
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