BEYONCE-GATE! DID SHE OR DIDN'T SHE LIP SYNCH?: As good as BEYONCE was singing our National Anthem at the inauguration Monday, it turns out she wasn’t singing live. Or was she?
TMZ was the firs to report that a spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Corps Band – which provides the music for the inauguration – claimed Beyonce used a pre-recorded studio version of her song.
Although it's standard procedure with a performance like this for musicians to record a backing track that they can sing and play along to, the spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band said the band was told to fake it for Beyonce's performance because Bey had made the decision to rely entirely on that track.
A spokesman for the Marine Corp clarified the spokeswoman's comments later, admitting that, yes, a prerecorded track of the band was used because there hadn't been time to properly rehearse with Beyonce, but, quote, "no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether [Beyonce's singing] was live or pre-recorded."
In other words, he's not saying Beyoncé didn't lip synch, and he's not saying she did, he's saying neither he nor the woman who made the initial claim knows either.
Adding to the controversy is a photo Bey posted of herself in a recording studio, holding sheet music for The National Anthem. (PHOTO) (PHOTO)
BILL CLINTON CAUGHT STARING AT KELLY CLARKSON’S BUTT: My favorite pic from yesterday’s Inauguration -- BILL CLINTON seemingly checking KELLY CLARKSON'S butt. (PHOTO LINK)
BABY POOP - IT'S A BOY FOR SHAKIRA!: SHAKIRA and her Spanish soccer stud boyfriend Gerard Pique are now the proud parents of a 6lb. 6 ounce baby boy -- one they named Milan Pique Mebarak, which is Shakira’s last name.
“Milan means dear, loving and gracious in Slavic," Shakira explained in a post on her website. "In Ancient Roman, [it means] eager and laborious; and in Sanskrit, unification.”
While we're on the subject of celebrity babies ... ADELE has yet to reveal the name of her 3-month-old son, telling the media backstage at the Golden Globes she's enjoying having the baby to herself for now.
But yesterday, she was spotted coming out of a high-end West Hollywood baby boutique wearing a necklace that says "Angelo" on it.
Is that her baby's name? Is that even what the necklace says? The paparazzi didn't get too close, leaving some room for speculation. (PHOTO) (PHOTO)
LOHAN LUNACY - LAWYER FIRES HER!: Looks like LINDSAY LOHAN won't have to decide which lawyer she wants to represent her the next time she goes in front of the judge because Shawn Holley wants off the case.
As you'll recall, Lindsay fired her last week just minutes before her probation hearing, and even though Linds is begging her to come back, TMZ says Shawn is working on the paperwork to get herself recused.
IS KELLY OSBOURNE SECRETLY ENGAGED?: Looks like KELLY OSBOURNE has been doing more than just feuding with LADY GAGA lately -- she got engaged!
According to Us Weekly, Matthew Mossheart popped the question a few weeks before the holidays, and the magazine says plans are under way for a summer wedding in the U.K. Kelly and Matthew have been dating for just more than a year.
CELEBRITY REAL ESTATE - KELLY RIPA PUTS PENTHOUSE ON THE MARKET: KELLY RIPA and MARK CONSUELOS have put their SoHo duplex penthouse on the market. And for $23.5 million the 6,792 square foot, 5 bedroom, 5 bath beauty can be yours.
The couple purchased the penthouse in 2005 for $9.5 million, and have spent millions more for a total redo. (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO) (PHOTO)