Knowles' rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony used a pre-recorded track, according to the U.S. Marine Band. In light of her recent performance, 9NEWS decided to look back on some of the most memorable lip-sync performances.
- Whitney Houston Super Bowl 1991 - Often heralded as the best Super Bowl national anthem performance of all time, Houston's performance in 1991 was actually pre-recorded. Her former musical director, Rickey Minor said the decision to use the track was made due to the jet fly-over, crowd noise and the unpredictability of the live event.
- Ashlee Simpson Saturday Night Live 2004 - The pop star famously jigged off the stage after the recording "Pieces of Me" came on instead of the song "Autobiography." After standing around on the stage for a little while, Simpson did a "hoe-down" dance and exited the stage.
- Luciano Pavarotti 2006 Torino Olympics - The famed opera singer chose to lip-sync "Nessun Dorma" at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Conductor Leone Magiera said the combination of Pavarotti's declining health and the cold weather made it "too dangerous" for him to sing.
- Jennifer Hudson Super Bowl 2009 - Rickey Minor was also the musical director for the Super Bowl in 2009. Hudson can be seen losing track with the recording during the performance.
- Milli Vanilli 1980s pop group - The pop group actually had its Grammy revoked in 1990, after news broke that Milli Vanilli did not sing any of their songs.
Rose Heaphy contributed to this article.
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