Beyonce's version of the national anthem was worth the wait.
The superstar singer, roundly criticized for lip syncing ''The Star-Spangled Banner'' at the inauguration 10 days ago, walked into Thursday's news conference for the Super Bowl halftime show and asked the ballroom filled with several hundred people to stand. She then belted out a spine-tingling version of the anthem, leaving no doubts about the power of her voice. Many in the room applauded when she finished.
''Thank you guys so much. Any questions?'' Beyonce said, drawing laughs.
Beyonce admitted she sang along with a pre-recorded track at the inauguration, saying she hadn't had time to rehearse with the orchestra. This was too big of an occasion to have it be anything less than perfect, she said.
''I did not feel comfortable taking a risk,'' she said. ''This was about the president and the inauguration and I wanted to make my country proud.''
She did promise to sing live Sunday, however.
''I am well-rehearsed,'' she said. ''This was what I was born to do.''
That was about all Beyonce was willing to spill, though. She wouldn't say what she'll be singing, though she did say it was ''not easy'' to choose a few songs from her many hits.
''All of my songs are like my children,'' she said.
As for that rumored Destiny's Child reunion, Beyonce wouldn't confirm it.
She didn't deny it, though, either.
''I can't really give you any details,'' she said. ''I'm sorry.''
- Nancy Armour - http://twitter.com/nrarmour
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