(CNN) — Yes, Beyoncé can sing — all by herself, thank you very much.
That much she showed Thursday, when she opened her appearance before reporters in New Orleans — where she’s set to headline the Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance Sunday — with a stirring, a cappella rendition of the national anthem.
It was the same tune she sang just over a week ago at the inauguration of President Barack Obama
But on that momentous occasion, Beyoncé admitted on Thursday, she had some help.
The world-renowned pop singer told reporters that “she decided to sing along with my prerecorded track,” a decision she made in part because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the U.S. Marine Band.
“I did not feel comfortable taking a risk,” Beyoncé said. “I wanted to make (Obama) and the country proud.”
Perhaps there’s a deer antler spray that could have given her more confidence.