Beyonce Knowles performed the National Anthem at the presidential inauguaration on January 21 (USA Today)
(CNN) -- There's no doubt that Beyonce put on one heck of a show when she performed the National Anthem at Monday's Inauguration of President Obama.
She just didn't put on a live one. As a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told CNN, Beyonce didn't actually perform the "Star-Spangled Banner" live during the ceremony, but rather lip-synched along with her own voice.
While not uncommon, it was surprising, considering everything evident in her rendition: the hand motions to match her scaling the notes, the facial expressions conveying effort, and - most damning of all - the removal of her earpiece.
After she finished, those who bore witness were awestruck, hailing her performance as flawless.
Right around lunch time the news began to emerge, with the Times of London and New York Post's Page Six reporting that Beyonce pretended to sing during the Inauguration, while Slate tweeted that Bey's "rendition of the 'Star-Spangled Banner' was a beautiful, terrible lie."
Adding fuel to the fire was TMZ's report that Kelly Clarkson, who performed a sparkling rendition of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," sang live. CNN's confirmed that both Clarkson and James Taylor, who performed "America the Beautiful," sang live during the inaugural ceremonies.
A few hours into Beyonce-gate, there were a few who were seemingly disappointed and/or disbelieving -- although some Twitter responses were clearly sarcastic.
Three hours in, the question turned into: does it even matter that she lip-synched? Both Spin and Entertainment Weekly have voted "no, it doesn't," especially considering the long history of other artists who've done the same thing.
A number of other responders simply couldn't find a reason to care one way or the other.