Английский по новостям: Beyonce admits not singing live

  • 5 февраля 2013
Певица Бейонсе
Image caption Бейонсе: фонограмма - обычное дело в музыкальной индустрии

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В этом аудиоматериале: певица Бейонсе призналась, что во время инаугурации президента Барака Обамы в январе пела гимн США под фонограмму.

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It was one of the most talked about moments of the inauguration: Beyonce's soaring, flawless rendition of the Star Spangled Banner in front of President Obama and millions more.

But doubt was soon cast on the authenticity of the performance. There was speculation it was taped, that the megastar had mimed.

Today came her response. She strolled into a news conference for Sunday's Super Bowl, at which she will sing, asked the audience to stand and raised her microphone:

Beyonce singing American national anthem: "Oh say, can you see, by the dawn's early light?"

After belting out the national anthem she asked, with a laugh, if there were any questions. And then she admitted to singing along to a pre-recorded track last week because she didn't have time to practise.

Beyonce said she had not wanted to risk anything going wrong on such a big occasion.

But she will be singing live during the half-time show on Sunday, to one of the biggest audiences of her career.

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NOTES (лексика в контексте)

  • flawless rendition - безупречное или идеальное исполнение
  • authenticity - подлинность (живого исполнения)
  • speculation - предположение
  • had mimed - имитировала пение
  • strolled - не спеша вышла
  • after belting out - громко спев
  • pre-recorded track - предзапись

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