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POSTED January 22, 2013 9:21 p.m.

 

DID OR DIDN'T SHE? BEYONCE QUESTIONED ON LIP SYNC: WASHINGTON (AP) — There's no question Beyonce's rendition of the national anthem was a roaring success. The mystery: was it live or lip synced?

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told news outlets that Beyonce had lip synced at President Barack Obama's inauguration. Master Sgt. Kristin duBois said the band was notified at the last minute that Beyonce would use a pre-recorded voice track.

But by late afternoon, the Marine Corps backed off that statement.

Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Gregory Wolf said that because there was no opportunity for Beyonce to rehearse with the Marine Band, it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill advised. Instead they used a pre-recorded track for the band's portion of the song.

"Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance," Wolf's statement continued, "no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."

STEVE HARVEY TO HOST FEB. 1 NAACP IMAGE AWARDS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Harvey is hosting next month's NAACP Image Awards.

The organization said Tuesday that presenters will include "Django Unchained" nominees Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx. Queen Latifah and Tony Goldwyn also will be among the presenters. Dennis Haysbert will be the announcer for the live broadcast.

Comedian-TV talk show host Harvey said he's honored to host the ceremony and promised "great things in store for the night."

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards honor diversity in the arts. Contenders for the top movie prize are "Flight," ''Django Unchained," ''Beasts of the Southern Wild," ''Red Tails" and "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds."

The 44th annual ceremony is scheduled to air Feb. 1 on NBC.

CHUCK BERRY EARNS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chuck Berry can add yet another award to his trophy case.

The 86-year-old St. Louis native and rock 'n' roll legend received a lifetime achievement award Monday from the St. Louis Arts and Education Council. The event was at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel.

Berry is one of the pioneers of rock 'n' roll with a string of hits that included "Maybellene, "Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Johnny B. Goode." He still performs every month at Blueberry Hill in the St. Louis suburb of University City. A statue of him stands on the University City Loop.

 

JUSTIN BIEBER HAS PHOTO SHOOT AT NC MUSEUM: SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer can add Justin Bieber to the heartthrobs who have used it as a backdrop.

Beiber had a three-hour photo shoot Monday at the museum, which was closed to the public for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Museum interim director Larry Neal says a production crew from Greensboro photographed Bieber in several locations at the museum.

POLICE SENT TO CHRIS BROWN HOME IN LATEST 911 HOAX: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police have responded to Chris Brown's home after they received a call about a domestic violence situation that turned out to be false.

Police were contacted shortly before 5 p.m. Monday about a domestic violence incident. When police arrived, members of Brown's staff were at the home, but the singer wasn't.

Police searched the home and didn't find any problems.

It's the latest so-called "swatting" prank targeting celebrities. The practice is intended to get multiple officers, including specialized SWAT teams sent to a home.

Last week, Beverly Hills police responded to a fake armed robbery call at Tom Cruise's house. Other hoax calls have been made involving the homes of Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Miley Cyrus.

 

 

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