She’s a triple threat superstar– acting, dancing, singing — but a disastrously out-of-tune performance (it’s from last year, but captured here on what’s supposedly a leaked board feed that wasn’t what viewers actually heard at the time) on The Today Show seems profoundly unkind to Beyonce’s natural gifts — and to most mammal ears. We’ve already called her representatives to see if this is in fact a hoax, but in the meantime, watch here, or listen on Howard Stern’s show below.
Update: Beyonce’s dad and manager Matthew Knowles has responded to TMZ’s posting of the footage, saying, “If no one took the time to look at the biggest Inauguration in the history of America then shame on them.
If no one took the time to listen to Beyonce sing ‘America theBeautiful’ and ‘At Last’ at the Neighborhood Ball for the first danceof President Obama and the First Lady, and they question Beyonce’svocal ability, they’ve gotta be an idiot.
At 12 years into her career, the last thing someone should bequestioning is her vocal ability. That would be like questioning ifKobe Bryant could shoot a jump shot. The vocals were obviously altered.”
Update #2: Sweet relief! TMZ has spoken with the creator of the video, who admits it’s a fake. Though EW did its due diligence to reach Beyonce’s reps for confirmation — they’ve yet to release an official response — we share the blame with TMZ, Howard Stern, and myriad other media outlets who fell for the prank. It’s a gossip-eat-gossip world, readers, and sometimes snap editorial decisions get made. Our apologies.