Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams is speaking out about the
controversy surrounding Beyoncé's rendition of the national anthem at the
presidential inauguration Monday.
After a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band seemingly confirmed to The New
York Times that Beyoncé did not sing live, then later sent out a second
statement that "no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it
was live or pre-recorded," Williams defended her bandmate.
"I will say this: It's not the first or the last time that someone has had to
lip-sync. My greatest singer of all time, Whitney Houston -- it came to
light that her anthem was in fact lip-synced," she told ET's Rocsi Diaz.
Williams also explained artists' use of backup tracks for live
"It's their personal preference. With big crowds and echoes, you know when
it's a big historical moment, you don't want any room for any mistakes, so I can
understand why it was done," she said.
Destiny's Child, which consists of Williams, Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland,
recently announced that they're reuniting after eight years with some new
music. "Love Songs" will be a collection of the trio's most romantic tracks over
the years, in addition to at least one new song, "Nuclear."
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