Beyoncé’s decision to lip-sync ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ during President Barack Obama’s second inauguration on January 21st has caused a great deal of controversy and while out and about, the paparazzi caught up with Ne-Yo for his opinion on the matter.
Like us, Ne-Yo doesn’t really see anything wrong with it and told the paps: “I didn’t see the inauguration so I can’t comment on her performance, but I will say that people can be so judgmental on anything an artist does, so of course Beyoncé will be no exception to that rule.”
He continued, “People are always going to be making comments, everybody is a damn expert at everything. You know what that woman is capable of, you know what she can do, so whether she’s singing live or lip synching, whatever the case may be, just enjoy the damn music and shut up.
He also admitted that even after working with Queen Bey so many times, he’s still starstruck when he sees her.
He said, “I absolutely still get starstruck. I just recently did some sessions with Beyonce. I’ve met her a million times but every time she steps into a room, it’s like, ‘Wow.’ That’s what happens when you appreciate and respect an artist – being starstruck never goes away.”
For the record, the pressure put on performers to deliver blockbuster live performances is unreal and it would have been much worse if she had delivered an off key performance of a song that speaks to the strength of its country. (Christina Aguilera did it a few years ago at the Super Bowl and to this day, has yet to hear the end of it.)
At the end of the day, Beyoncé is and forever will be a vocal bible, and nothing is going to change that.
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