Shocker: Beyoncé Lip-Synched the National Anthem (Video)

Beyonce belts it at press conference  (Getty Images)

Beyoncé belts it at press conference. (Getty Images)

This is a really important time for America. This is when we decide, as a country, what the past tense of lip-sync should be. Lip-sanc? Lip-synced? Lip-sang? Hyphen or no hyphen? These are the pressing issues we need to address, America, because how else will we talk about what we already knew, which is that Beyoncé did not sing live during the inauguration, and that also–in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (as portrayed by Keenan Thompson on Saturday Night Live)–”I care why? Hashtag: Jay-Z is a lucky man.”

In an awesome display of “Eff the haters” today, Beyoncé took the podium during a press conference for the Super Bowl and sang an a capella rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,”after which she announced that yes, she went with a prerecorded track during President Obama’s inauguration.

“I’m a perfectionist,” Beyoncé said, explaining that weather conditions and her general throat feelings that day made her not “comfortable taking a risk.”

But for anyone thinking that the diva will be hiding her tail between her legs during Super Bowl halftime this Sunday, Beyoncé had only one answer: she’ll “absolutely be singing live.”