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At the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama on January 21, 2013, vocalist and performer Beyoncé Knowles delivered a moving rendition of the National Anthem. It was immediately regarded by news organizations as a historical moment. US Magazine called it “Beyoncé’s proudest moment ever” and Business Insider called it “nothing short of amazing.” However less than 24 hours later, a Google search for “Beyoncé National Anthem” would only produce results of a scandal. The day before, Beyonce had skipped rehearsal, so she decided as the last minute to user her pre-recorded track. She lip-synced the entire performance. So why the scandal? Everyone knows Beyoncé can actually sing. She was singing to her own recording. The music industry response was that it was no big deal. The Christian Science Monitor asked the question the next day “does it matter?” One Twitter user put it best when he said, “if you’re going to call yourself a singer, then sing.” On one of the biggest stages in the world she was afraid to fail. Yet, her effort to avoid failure is what caused her to fail. --Jim L. Wilson and Stacy A. Johnson

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/beyonce-admits-she-lip-synced-at-inauguration-87017.html (accessed 2-28-13)

A person cannot be truly successful without a willingness to fail.

2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV) for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

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