TODAY | January 24, 2013
>>> latest on the dust-up or as savannah calls it the kerfucle, whether beyonce was singing at the national anthem .
>> it is a category one kerfucle. and some of her friends have spoke up. good morning to you.
>> was it a spectacular performance from beyonce knowles or a little bit of both? it was something even the white house press core couldn't resist asking.
>> was she lip-syncing or does the president say?
>> in the midst of a white house briefing, jay can nip found himself facing questions about beyonce .
>> did you think she was really going to sing?
>> i'm glad you guys are facing important questions of the day here.
>> reporter: stars have come to her defense and jennifer lopez on "the daily show " said some situations require prerecorded vocals.
>> in some situations they do prerecord things because you will have that terrible slap back.
>> reporter: the national anthem is notorious for difficulty prompting some to lip sync . one forgettable example is whitney houston at the 1991 super bowl and jennifer hudson got the same helping hand and queen of soul aretha franklin hit some rough spots as she sang the national anthem in freezie ing temperatures. franklin told nbc news if beyonce decided to take no chances in the cold weather she wouldn't blame her for it.
>> if it was, i could certainly understand her prerecord iing to assure and guarantee her performance.
>> reporter: but to some ears, beyonce 's live singing could clearly be heard above the recorded musical tracks at least on this posted by the " wall street journal ."
>> the bombs bursting in air.
>> reporter: a british audio engineer writes on his blog even beyonce 's near perfect performance has some variation in sound and volume and wouldn't be the case if she were lip syncing . the home of the brave the brave
>> sounds good to me. this whole controversy started when the director of the marine band reported the singer and the band had used prerecorded tracks, a comment the band spokesperson then backed away from. so far only beyonce and a hand full of other people probably know for sure how much was live and mem or x. the fact she's scheduled to sing at the super bowl in 10 days means millions of americans will be hanging on to every note trying to tell for sure.
>> if i were her at the super bowl , i'd stop intentionally in the middle of the song and cough and prove it.