updated 01/22/2013 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/22/2013 AT 8:40 PM ET
Did she lip-synch or didn’t she?
A spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Band, which backed the pop diva at the ceremony, said Tuesday that Mrs. Jay-Z decided to use a previously recorded vocal track before delivering the national anthem, but later on another spokesperson, this one for the Pentagon, said there was no way of knowing whether the 16-time Grammy winner was guilty of lip-synching or not.
Should it matter? Let’s remember that Whitney Houston, in what is widely considered one of the best renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner” of all time, didn’t sing it live either at the 1991 Super Bowl.