Beyonce’s terrible ‘Board Mix’ singing was a hoax

Yesterday everyone was buzzing over a supposed unfiltered “board mix” of Beyonce performing her hit “If I Were a Boy” on The Today Show last November. The story went that Beyonce lip synced that performance and that the recording was of her actual singing. Howard Stern played the clip on his show yesterday and it was just awful. Beyonce screeched and warbled off pitch, her voice getting increasingly worse as the song went on.

In response to that clip, Beyonce’s dad and manager, Mathew Knowles, pointed out that his daughter sang live at the inauguration and at the inaugural ball and didn’t miss a note, adding “At 12 years into her career, the last thing someone should be questioning is her vocal ability.”:

In a fiery statement to TMZ, Mathew Knowles, who’s also Bey’s manager, says his daughter was set up. It’s one of the best statements we’ve ever gotten.

“If no one took the time to look at the biggest Inauguration in the history of America then shame on them.

If no one took the time to listen to Beyonce sing ‘America the Beautiful’ and ‘At Last’ at the Neighborhood Ball for the first dance of President Obama and the First Lady, and they question Beyonce’s vocal ability, they’ve gotta be an idiot.

At 12 years into her career, the last thing someone should be questioning is her vocal ability.

That would be like questioning if Kobe Bryant could shoot a jump shot. The vocals were obviously altered.”

[From TMZ]

Matthew Knowles was right. Someone took the real live recording Beyonce’s performance on The Today Show
and altered it to make her voice sound terrible. It was never intended to be taken as a real recording and was just a joke that went too far:

Beyonce has officially been cleared of all bad singing charges — the atrocious supposed “board mix” of her performance on “The Today Show” last year was altered after all.

Just as Mathew Knowles told us, the audio clip that many people believed was leaked from “Today” was indeed a fake.

In fact, TMZ found the person behind the prank who was surprised it went as far as it did, saying, “It’s a little bit crazy. No one in their right mind would sound like that, and no one would cheer for someone singing like that.”

Apparently, the dude never went to an Ashlee Simpson concert…

[From TMZ]

MSat and I were chatting about this, and she was saying how ironic it is, in the wake of the Susan Boyle phenomenon, that an attractive woman like Beyonce who is known for elaborate performances can’t really sing. It makes you think about the nature of the entertainment industry and how it favors flash over substance. In this case it didn’t happen to pan out that way and Beyonce really does have the pipes to back up her gorgeous wigs and bizarre outfits. Britney, though, is a different matter, although now I’m inclined to believe that her board mix was also a fake.

Beyonce is shown outside the Late Show last night. She told Letterman that performing at the inauguration was “the best moment” of her career.

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  1. Sara says:

    Okay, I don’t doubt it that the mix was purposely altered for laughs…but B singing ABSOLUTELY live? No way.

  2. Zoe (The Other One) says:

    Hoax Shmoax.

  3. Kerry says:

    Ummmmmm yeah she still sucks horribly and is only famous because her father is a good pimp

  4. geronimo says:

    Whatever, she’s still left with her very mediocre voice and her hugely over-fed ego.

  5. Codzilla says:

    Uh huh, whatever you say Matthew.

  6. Lenny says:

    How do I know you’re not making up the hoax thing. I am very familiar with sound recording and I’ve been a recording studio engineer since 1978, before software and voice altering software and equipment and many artist even as far back as the Temptations have used other singers in the studio to sing parts that they couldn’t and I would bet more than you could imagine that she has done the same, just listen to almost all of her songs, she sings off key so much that it’s a mess. But don’t take my word for it ask other stars such Quincy Jones, or the older producers who have been exposed to many more years of studio than I have. My God, her producer uses voice altering equipment in their recordings and no I don’t believe she sang live at the inauguration or inaugural dinner, it was already proven that other performers had been using recordings at the event so their wouldn’t be any mistakes like one artist did at the superbowl national athem performance.

  7. gaby says:

    Duhhh it was a hoax, I dont understand how anyone could be so gullible to believe that was her actual voice. The first time I heard that I know it was fake.

  8. Ned says:

    Susan Boyle was discriminated against because of her age and her lack of professional experience- not her beauty.

    There are many singers who are not known for their beauty and nobody questions them.

    Susan Boyle’s talent was questioned due to her age and the fact that this far she wasn’t “making it”.

    Beyonce is supposed to be very experienced and very accomplished with a very successful record.

    That is the story. They did the same to Anrique Iglesias got the same treatment and it has nothing to do with beauty.

  9. sam says:

    The funny thing is – if that was Beyonce’s voice altered to sound bad – I still think it sounded better than half the pop stars out there today.

  10. Paulette says:

    Only idiots would have believed that it was Beyonce’s voice screeching, after listening to half of the tape I stopped it because I could hear two different voices.
    How gullible can some people be, they are like children being led by a shiny object.

  11. T says:

    Right b/c theres no way her dad didnt pay someone to say it was hoax. Her dad isnt stage daddy like that at all, and of course he wouldnt mind loosing his meal ticket!

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