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Beyonce Super Bowl set list reportedly leaks. What do you want to hear at halftime?

With the inauguration and Beyoncé-gate behind us, (Right? We’ve all moved on?) Countdown to Touchdown can officially commence – and that means plenty of speculation about what Queen Bey will be performing for her big Super Bowl show.

Us Weekly published a leaked set list, which says Bey will open the show with “Crazy In Love,” then midway through, be joined by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for a Destiny’s Child mini-set that will include “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Survivor,” as well as new song/kind of snoozefest “Nuclear.” Those ladies will then disappear and Beyoncé will continue being Beyoncé for a few more minutes. A rep for Beyoncé did not return EW’s request for comment. READ FULL STORY

Lip-sync-gate continues: Inaugural official says Beyonce didn't sing anthem live

Well, that settles it (maybe, possibly, probably not): According to CNN, an unnamed inaugural official has confirmed that Beyoncé lip-synched while performing the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Monday.

“Because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band,” the official said, noting that the singer didn’t arrive in Washington D.C. until late Sunday night. The official doesn’t know why Beyoncé elected not to sing live — by all accounts, “she was spot on” in her pre-recording session, and “she’s actually a very good live singer.” There’s apparently no word on why Bey ripped out her earpiece mid-song, either.

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Great moments in lip-synching, from The Beatles to Jennifer Hudson -- VIDEO

There’s a silver lining to yesterday’s whole Beyoncé lip-synching debacle: If Bey did, in fact, mouth the words to the national anthem at Monday’s inauguration, at least she’s in good company.

As Jennifer Lopez noted on The Daily Show last night, basically every major musician has relied on pre-recorded tracks at some point — even giants like The Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Whitney Houston. (Not to mention lesser beings like Ashlee Simpson and Milli Vanilli.) So in honor of the earpiece-removal that scandalized a nation, let’s look back at some of music history’s most memorable lip-synching moments — both famous and infamous.

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Jennifer Lopez defends lip-synching: 'All performers do it at some point' -- VIDEO

As lip-sync-gate rages on, Beyoncé still hasn’t responded to requests for comment or released a statement about whether her Inauguration Day vocals were live or pre-recorded. But either way, Bey can count on the support of her peers — i.e. fellow megastars who understand that sometimes, lip-synching is a necessary evil.

Jennifer Lopez didn’t exactly defend Queen B’s honor while visiting The Daily Show last night — but she did acknowledge that basically every musician has to rely on pre-recorded tracks in certain contexts. “You know, sometimes it happens,” she explained to Jon Stewart. “When you’re in certain stadiums and in certain venues, they do pre-record things.” She also cited Whitney Houston’s iconic “Star-Spangled Banner” as proof that even the greatest singers lip-sync sometimes — “All performers do have to do it at some point.”

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Beyonce reportedly lip-syncs national anthem: Why we shouldn't care

Here’s a truth bomb that will rock you to your very core: Sometimes, at big, important events, singers don’t actually sing.

An artist may choose to mouth along to a pre-recorded track during a “live” performance for any number of reasons. Maybe the weather is bad; maybe she simply isn’t feeling well. Whatever the excuse, though, lip-synching is about as ubiquitous as the common cold — especially if the singer in question happens to be performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Jennifer Hudson did it at Super Bowl XLIII in 2009. Whitney Houston also did it when delivering her definitive version of the anthem in 1991.

Which brings us to Beyoncé, who reportedly used a pre-recorded track when she sang the national anthem at yesterday’s presidential inauguration.  READ FULL STORY

Rep. Peter King has no idea who Jay-Z is

New-York-PostGeneral consensus: Earpiece or no earpiece, Beyoncé crushed it at the inauguration yesterday. (UPDATE: Maybe!)

That explains why the cover of today’s New York Post printed the headline “First Couple” alongside a photo of music’s undisputed power couple. The joke, of course, being that — all due respect to the Obamas — every inauguration attendee was really most excited to snap a picture of Bey and Jay. Well… almost every one.

As Buzzfeed points out, in the Post photo Rep. Peter King (far right) happily joined in the DIY paparazzi moment. Only problem: King later tweeted that he had no clue who the nice man escorting Beyoncé was. “Anybody who looked important I took a picture of at inauguration. I didn’t know who the guy beside @Beyonce was,” he explained, linking to the Post cover. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West considers Beyonce and Jay-Z his 'FAM'

Mr. Kardashian has spoken!

Yesterday, the rapper posted a photo on Twitter of what he calls his “FAM”: him, Kim Kardashian, Jay-Z, and Beyoncé together in a cropped Getty Image, Gawker reports. Noticeably absent is Beyonce’s actual sister, Solange, who appeared in the original photo.

West currently has more than 9 million followers on Twitter, but the only person he follows is his baby-mama, Kim. This is the only visible post on his homepage.

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What do you get a baby who has everything?

It’s Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter’s first birthday today, and I’m assuming she already owns anything and everything I could think to get her for the big day — save for a trademarked name. Even her parents couldn’t pull that off. Despite that minor setback, Blue had a pretty glamorous, high-profile first year, even though she only made a few (mostly yacht-based) appearances. She also guested on Dad’s rap single hours after she was born, was a shopping companion for Mom, and set the bar for how cute one could look wearing a concert T-shirt.

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Beyonce makes $50 million deal with Pepsi, says it's more than an endorsement

When you think “artist,” what immediately comes to mind? Georges Seurat, meticulously dabbing paint onto a canvas for two solid years to create A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte?

Or maybe Pepsi?

The New York Times writes that the soft drink giant has signed a massive, $50 million deal with Beyoncé, a “hybrid project” that will go beyond advertising. Specifically: The campaign includes “a multimillion-dollar fund to support the singer’s chosen creative projects.” So… more documentaries about Beyoncé? Well, maybe — according to the Times, these collaborations could include “live events, videos, ‘a cool photo shoot’ or almost anything else.”

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Yesterday's most important event: Beyonce joined Instagram

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Election, schmelection! History was really made on Nov. 6 when Beyoncé revealed that she had joined Instagram. The countdown to the moment Bey decisively conquers the Internet draws ever closer to zero, people. Of course, in order to achieve true virtual domination, Sasha Fierce’s alter ego might have to send more than four tweets… but hey, one thing at a time.

Ann Romney’s favorite musician launched her brand-new Instagram account with a self portrait that proudly displays her preferred presidential candidate, her Texan pride, and her blunt bangs. (The lady can also seriously pull off a pair of Hipster Disney Princess glasses.) READ FULL STORY

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