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Beyonce leads off press conference with 'Star Spangled Banner'

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Beyonce performs the national anthem during a press conference for the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show at the New Orleans Convention Center. (Photo: Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports)

 

(USA TODAY) NEW ORLEANS - Beyonce had a very bold answer for critics of her inaugural performance.

The Grammy award winning performer opened her Super Bowl press conference with a rousing live rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, followed by an admission that she did indeed use a backing track during President Obama's inauguration nearly two weeks ago.

Nearly two weeks after the "did she or didn't she lip sync" debate began, the singer announced at a press conference Thursday that she will not be using a backing track during Sunday's Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.

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"I will absolutely be singing live," Beyonce told the assembled crowd at the New Orleans Convention Center.

The Grammy award winning performer hadn't commented on the inauguration lip syncing controversy publicly prior to the press conference, although the U.S. Marine Band confirmed the morning after the inauguration that she lip-synced and the band only pretended to accompany her, then by evening retracted that confirmation, saying no one in the band was in a position to know.

Live vocals or not, at least one player in Sunday's game is disappointed he'll be missing the show. Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith said he wishes he could watch Beyonce's halftime performance instead of being in the locker room. Watching a recording of it later off his DVR just won't be the same.

"I definitely want to see her sing something that's high tempo, and also something where she can show her voice," Smith said. "She's so talented. There aren't too many people like her. Maybe she should do Crazy in Love. Jay Z coming out would be pretty cool."

Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports

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