A rep for the United States Marine Band — which provides the music for the Inauguration — says that at the last minute the superstar indeed did decide to perform with a pre-recorded track.
Later on Wednesday afternoon, however, a spokesperson for the Division of Public Affairs for the U.S. Marine Corp backed away from the band's previous statement.
“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” Kristin DuBois, a rep for the band tells Page Six. “We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyoncé was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why (sic).”