Listen to this performance of Beyonce singing “If I Were a Boy” on the Today Show at Rockefeller Center. The audio is evidently what was being fed through the pitch correcter, similar to that legendary Britney video (watch it after the jump).
Real or fake? I think it’s real, but to be fair, maybe she just didn’t have a monitor. Either way, it’s pretty hilarious. (via drunken stepfather, link nsfw]
UPDATE: Watch the version of the Today Show that America heard after the jump. It’s a total studio re-recording. Why can no pop artist actually sing live anymore?
UPDATE 2: I understand that many of you want this recording not to be real, but just because an anonymous tipster emailed TMZ and Perez Hilton claiming responsibility does not mean it’s fake. Just because Beyonce’s dad says it’s fake doesn’t mean it’s fake. On the contrary, if you watch the above video and then the one after the jump, you might notice that in the latter, she is obviously singing into a studio microphone. Listen to the breathing.
Now maybe the headline to this post is a bit controversial, but I believe what happened here is that Beyonce decided to lip-synch this performance, for whatever reason, and consequently did not have a monitor. This isn’t to say she always lip-synchs, though I can think of two other occasions off the top of my head (see example 1, also at Rockefeller Center interestingly enough, and example 2), but I am pretty certain she did it here. If anyone can come up with more compelling proof to refute this, please post it in comments.
Britney’s real voice:
Beyonce is not singing in this video: