NOW with Alex Wagner | January 23, 2013
>>> reports are swirling that beyonce's rousing rendition of "the star-spangled banner" at monday's inauguration was actually a prerecorded version she taped at a marine corps studio sunday night. i, sam stein, am outraged by this. i think it's bogus, and if she wasn't actually singing, they could have had you on stage just lip syncing .
>> i don't know if it would have been the same. who cares? i mean, it was her voice. we know that, right? it was a recorded voice, it was beyonce. they played it, everyone enjoyed it. the idea she's the first person to do this is absurd.
>> add an inauguration.
>> jay-z, i'd love to accompany you to a nets' game, i'm defending your wife here.
>> please, turn off the tv. the marine band had to fake their horn playing.
>> yeah, that's not good.
>> it is icky.
>> do we know this? i don't mean to harp on this point, but i'm seeing someone fiddle with their earpiece.
>> we don't know if she was making actual noise, whether actual vocals were coming from her mouth live. we do know she recorded the track and that's what we, the television viewing audience, heard. for that, i feel duped.
>> that's in her favor, we were talking about milly vanilly. that's not that situation.
>> thank god.
>> but the comparison to be even in the same bucket at milly vanilly.
>> it's a different bucket.
>> now that j-lo and aretha franklin have come to her defense, it's going to quiet this.
>> was the recording -- did she do a good job with the recording, yes or no?
>> yes, but she was in a studio.
>> so what. that's all that matters.
>> kelly clarkson went there and sang her little lungs out, james taylor did.
>> james taylor did not lip sync , i know that.
>> she's pretending to sing and she's really not.
>> it's symbolic.
>> perfect symbolism, right?
>> poetic symbolism. karen, thank you for putting a thoughtful spin on a thoughtless move by the pop star .
>> thank you to karen, sam, maggie, and hugo. that's all