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The United States Marine Corps band, which played throughout the ceremony of Obama’s inauguration, has revealed that Beyoncé  mimed the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

A US Marine Band spokeswoman – quoted by the The New York Times – said a version of the national anthem pre-recorded with her the day before would be used.

“We don’t know why Beyoncé decided to use pre-recorded music,” said the spokeswoman, Master Sergeant Kristin duBois.”

“All music (for inaugural ceremonies) is prerecorded as a matter of course, and that’s something we’ve done for years and years.”

“The Marine band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyoncé wanted to use the recording.”

“It’s not because Beyonce can’t sing. We all know Beyonce can sing. We all know the Marine Band can play.” the spokesperson added.