by: Scott MacFarlane Updated:
WASHINGTON - Internal U.S. Marine Corps emails obtained by Channel 2 Action News show preparations for a lip-sync performance by Beyonce at President Obama's 2013 Inauguration Ceremony in Washington began days before the event and would ultimately lead to a "nail-biting" decision over whether the singer would perform the "The Star-Spangled Banner" live or instead use a pre-recorded track.
The staffer suggests the use of "dropbox" technology for the singer's representatives to send pre-recorded vocals.
Separate emails sent Jan. 19 indicate either Beyonce or one of her representatives used the words, "I'm putting myself in the line of fire" when discussing pre-recording plans for her inauguration performance.
The emails say it would be a "preference" to sing live, but concern is expressed about the lack of rehearsal time. One email suggests a final decision would be made close to performance time. One government staff member wrote a decision would be "a nail biter right to the end."
Emails suggesting a final decision to opt for a lip-sync was made before 8 a.m. on Jan. 20, one day before the ceremony.
Referencing cold weather during Inaugural festivities, one Marine Corps staffer wrote: "If the predicted 'Arctic Front' really rolls in, a synced performance may be inevitable."
Revelations that Beyonce lip-synced surfaced soon after the
A FOX News summary of her press conference said, "I am a perfectionist. And one thing about me: I practice 'till my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show... Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check... I did not feel comfortable singing live."