Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show: How Beyonce Erased Lip-Sync Disaster

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IFebruary 4, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 03:  Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Singer Beyonce gave a fantastic halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII and helped erase the memory of her lip-sync disaster.

The aforementioned disaster occurred during President Obama's inauguration ceremony when it was discovered that she didn't actually perform her beautiful rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" live.

The truth came to light after a rep for the United States Marine Band spilled the beans, per Melissa Cronin of the New York Post:

Beyonce Knowles' flawless performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the inauguration was entirely lip-synched, Page Six has confirmed. A rep for the United States Marine Band revealed that she decided to perform to a pre-recorded track at the last minute.

Beyonce would later admit to this startling fact, according to the Associated Press, per CBS News:

"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."

That was a tough pill to swallow for many people because Beyonce's rendition was so moving when it was performed that day. It brought a certain level of shame to her career that otherwise never existed, but the Super Bowl was her chance to make up for that. 

Beyonce sang a few of her classic hits such as "Crazy in Love" and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” while busting some impressive dance moves. What's more important is that Beyonce hit all the notes she needed to and we got a great taste of that strong voice we've all come to know and love.

Not only did Beyonce keep up with the fast pace of some of her songs, she was also able to slow it down and really stretch her lyrics, which is when she shines the most.

And, of course, her beauty was breathtaking as always.

A surprise aspect of her performance—although some had already speculated it would happen—was when she brought out the members of her old group, Destiny's Child.

The three women sang together for a good amount of time, but Beyonce's voice took over her former mates and she stood out far beyond what Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams could produce vocally.

The debacle at the president's inauguration was certainly a black eye for her career, but Beyonce came out on Super Bowl Sunday like a woman on a mission and took her talents to another level just in time for one of the biggest performances of her life.

Sure, there were plenty of people who watched the president's inauguration, but the Super Bowl is by far the biggest television event of any year and has far more viewers. That made it all the more important that Beyonce knock this show out of the park.

If she were an athlete, the word "clutch" would have come to mind. Beyonce needed to step up in a big spot to make up for her errors of the past and she did just that.

I doubt we'll be hearing about the Beyonce lip-synching controversy ever again.