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That's what Beyonce had to say to reporters gathered in New Orleans for her Super Bowl halftime show press conference after she took the stage, asked them to stand and belted out a flawless live rendition of the National Anthem on Thursday, People reports.
The singer - who has remained silent since criticism and accusations of lip-syncing erupted following her performance of the same song at President Barack Obama's inauguration - then told the world why she decided to sing along to a pre-recorded track on Jan. 21.
"I am a perfectionist," she said. "One thing about me, I practice until my feet bleed. I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra. It was a live television show. It was a very important emotional show for me, one of my proudest moments."
"Due to the weather, due to the delay, due to no proper sound check," she continued. "I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president, the inauguration. I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along to my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry."
"I'm very proud of my performance," she added, as the gathered reporters applauded.
Although she coyly dodged questions about a possible Destiny's Child reunion during the Super Bowl halftime show (something her band mate Michelle Williams previously denied), she did clear up another lingering question about Sunday's big show.
"I will absolutely be singing live," she said. "This is what I was born to do."
CBS says it will air a behind-the-scenes look at how Whitney Houston's death affected the 2012 Grammy Awards, The Associated Press reports.
The hourlong special, titled "The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family," is scheduled for Feb. 9, the eve of this year's music awards.
Last year, Grammy producers learned of Houston's death less than 24 hours before the ceremony. The CBS program recounts the scramble to pay tribute to the pop star and revamp the show.
The special includes interviews with LL Cool J, Jennifer Hudson, Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift and other artists.
The 48-year-old Houston was found drowned last February in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub. Coroner's officials ruled her death accidental, with heart disease and cocaine use contributing factors.
The Feb. 10 Grammys will air on CBS.
All five nominees for album of the year at this year's Grammys will perform at the awards show next month, the AP reports.
The Recording Academy announced Thursday that R&B singer Frank Ocean will join Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, Jack White and fun. at the Grammys, to take place live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10.
Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 will join forces for a special performance. Presenters include Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Carly Rae Jepsen, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
Six acts tie for the most nominations with six each, including Ocean, The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Kanye West, Jay-Z, fun. and Mumford & Sons.
The five Grammy nominees for best children's album will be interviewed on Saturday's edition of "Saturday Light Brigade."
Host Larry Berger will talk with Mark Oblinger, "Jumpinjazz Kids: A Swinging Jungle Tale"; Elizabeth Mitchell, "Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie"; Jason Rabinowitz of The Pop Ups, "Radio Jungle"; Joe Mailander of The Okee Dokee Brothers, "Can You Canoe?"; and Bill Harley, "High Dive and Other Things That Could Have Happened."
The interviews will air starting at 8 a.m. on WRCT-FM (88.3) and other college stations in the region.
The program also will be archived at slbradio.org.
They only get better with age.
Denzel Washington and Judi Dench have been honored with the top acting prizes by this year's Movies for Grownups Awards, presented by AARP, celebrating actors over 50 and films made for older audiences, People reports.
Dench, 78, was celebrated for her work on "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," also starring Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson. the film was also named best picture.
Washington, 58, won for his performance as alcoholic airline pilot Whip Whitaker in "Flight."
Among the other honorees this year are Jacki Weaver for her turn in "Silver Linings Playbook," John Goodman for his supporting role in "Flight" and director Steven Spielberg for "Lincoln."
Lindsay Lohan and business partner Kristy Kaylor filed a lawsuit Thursday against the company that manufactured her clothing line, 6126.
"DNAM continues to sell the brand worldwide even though the license has been revoked due to many breaches including not paying royalties and doing private labels with major retailers on the styles Lindsay designed," a source in Lohan's camp told E! News. "This is more than just jeggings; it is a full collection of ready-to-wear."
The suit, obtained by E! News, states 6126 (named in homage to Marilyn Monroe's birthday) has "suffered damages in excess of $1,100,000 to date."
A source added, "DNAM has made millions on this line. People can say what they want about Lindsay, but she put her heart into this brand and designed over 300 original pieces."
First Published February 1, 2013 12:00 am