Beyonce said Friday at a Super Bowl news conference that she did sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" at President Obama's inauguration, but with a pre-recorded backing track for various reasons.

Oh -- then she belted it out for reporters, just in case anyone believed she couldn't. When she finished the song, she asked, "Any questions?"

Yeah. What does the "Z" in Jay-Z stand for?

But back to that lip-syncing question. "I am a perfectionist ... I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show and a very important moment for me."

No time for rehearsal, but time to go into a recording studio and knock one out?

"Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking the risk, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry. And I'm very proud of my performance."

TMZ said Beyonce was asked if she planned to sing live at the Super Bowl, and she replied vaguely, "I always sing live," but didn't say anything about not using a backing track.

Ah-HA.

When asked about a possible Destiny's Child reunion during her halftime performance on Sunday, TMZ said Beyonce hedged on the answer. Whatever that means.

I guess we'll just have to put down the nachos and watch for ourselves.

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