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Ok, fine. Beyoncé lip-synched the national anthem. But she sets the standard for pre-recordings everywhere, all the time. Do you hear that Mariah Carey, Milli Vanilli, Ashlee Simpson, and Yo-Yo Ma? The STANDARD. [Page Six]