I never run out of Beyonce jokes. But I honestly never haveanything bad to say about her singing. I think she has one of the nicest voicesin pop music today.
Yes, she over sings a lot, just like Mariah, Christina andWhitney. Well, Whitney, before all the...youknow.
But Beyonce is a legitimate talent.
So when I heard about the Howard Stern segment Tuesday thatsuggested that Beyonce's unedited vocals from a Today Show performance last November sounded like garbage, I wassuspicious.
When listening to the clip of Beyonce singing "If I Were ABoy," I heard cracked notes and other examples of vocal struggling that soundedembarrassing. But the track also felt digitally altered, and I'm not talkingabout good Auto-Tune, if there is such a thing.
Wednesday, E! News revealed that the entire story was a hoax and even found the person who edited the track to sound as if Beyonce could not sing.
A sourced named Matt from an upstart blog admitted that the Beyonce vocals were a joke. "Yes I created them, and they are fake," he told E! News.
Thursday, Beyonce also confirmed the scam to Today Show host Matt Lauer.
"It's so amazing that someone in their home can do a little prank and it can end up on these major radio stations," Beyonce told Lauer.
She added that she had not heard the track but was surprised by the attention it has caused. "How could you believe that? I heard it was really over the top."
While Beyonce laughed about the ordeal, Matthew Knowles, her manager and father, was furious. When TMZ contacted him about the incident he replied in a fiery statement.
The gossip blog described Papa Knowles' statement as thebest they have ever seen and I agree. Knowles called an idiot anyone who everdoubted his daughter's singing ability.
"If no one took the time to look at the biggest inaugurationin the history of America then shame on them," Knowles quipped to TMZ.
"If no one took the time to listen to Beyonce sing 'AmericaThe Beautiful' and 'At Last' at the Neighborhood Ball for the first dance ofPresident Obama and the First Lady, and they question Beyonce's vocal ability,they've gotta be an idiot,'" Knowles added.
"That would be like questioning if Kobe Bryant could shoot ajump shot. The vocals were obviously altered."
While there are other examples that Knowles could have usedto illustrate his daughter's skills, I'm glad he used this one.
I haven't heard it mentioned since Etta James wigged outabout Beyonce singing her song. Now, I just need to get Etta James' number sothat I can call her and get her all riled up again. LOL.