Beyoncé has faced some backlash for lip-synching the national anthem during her performance at President Obama’s Inauguration earlier this month. It seems even a star as big as Bey pays attention to the critics every once in a while, as, during a televised news conference for her upcoming Super Bowl halftime show earlier today, the Destiny’s Child singer kindly requested everyone in attendance to stand before belting out a live version of the “Star-Spangled Banner.” As if that wasn’t badass enough, she finished by simply asking, “Any questions?”

After the impressive impromptu performance, Bey then fielded questions from the media. Addressing the lip-synching controversy, she admitted that she used a backing track for her Inauguration performance, but explained that, with little rehearsal, she wasn’t comfortable risking a sub-par performance for a such a monumental event.

I am a perfectionist, and one thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show, and a very very important, emotional show for me; one of my proudest moments. Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking the 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. I’m very proud of my performance.

Watch footage from the conference after the jump…

(Via TMZ and Mediaite)

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