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VIDEO: Beyoncé Wows Super Bowl Press Conference Crowd By Singing Anthem Live

Today at New Orleans' Morial Convention Center just blocks from the Superdome, diva Beyonce held court in front of throngs of media, detailing her Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII halftime show.

She stunned the crowd by singing the national anthem live in front of us in the press pool, asking us to please stand before belting out the patriotic standard. She nailed it, plain and simple.

Beyonce later explained that she did in fact use a backing track at President Obama's second inauguration, because the time crunch, hustle, and weather didn't make it possible to go live. Super Bowl prep also played a role, she added.

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Craig Hlavaty
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