On Tuesday, Howard Stern played what he claimed to be the unedited board mix of Beyoncé's performance of "If I Were a Boy" from a "Today" show appearance last year — at times, the performance is rather excruciatingly off-key.
On Wednesday (April 22), Beyoncé commented about the allegations exclusively to MTV News — and when she said the report was "ridiculous," she was right: TMZ reported late Wednesday afternoon that the tape was a hoax.
"Of course I'm just hearing about this today — and I haven't heard it but it sounds completely ridiculous," Beyoncé said at the junket for her forthcoming film "Obsessed." "Everyone's heard me sing and it's perfect timing, actually, because I'll be on the 'Today' show tomorrow singing 'Halo,' or tonight you can watch me sing live on David Letterman! It's perfect promotion, whoever came up with that idea."
TMZ's report also vindicated Beyoncé's dad and manager, Mathew Knowles, who released a statement claiming that the tape had been tampered with.
"If no one took the time to look at the biggest Inauguration in the history of America then shame on them," he wrote. "If no one took the time to listen to Beyoncé sing 'America the Beautiful' and 'At Last' at the Neighborhood Ball for the first dance of President Obama and the First Lady, and they question Beyoncé's vocal ability, they've gotta be an idiot."
He went on to say that "At 12 years into her career, the last thing someone should be questioning is her vocal ability. That would be like questioning if Kobe Bryant could shoot a jump shot. The vocals were obviously altered."