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Beyonce Knowles has answered critics of her Inauguration Day performance the best way she could - with another sterling performance of the national anthem.

The difference?

On Thursday, it was live: She admitted during her Super Bowl news conference that when she performed for President Barack Obama and the nation, she decided to sing to a pre-recorded track because she didn't have time to practice.

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Calling herself a self-proclaimed "perfectionist", she said wanted the day to go off without a hitch.

"I practice until my feet bleed and I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra," she said, adding that she was also emotional that day.

"Due to no proper sound check, I did not feel comfortable taking a risk. It was about the president and the inauguration, and I wanted to make him and my country proud, so I decided to sing along with my pre-recorded track, which is very common in the music industry.

"And I'm very proud of my performance."

It was the superstar's first public comments on what has become known as "Beyonce-gate".

Her rendition of the anthem at the inauguration was critically praised, but it came under scrutiny less than a day later when a representative from the US Marine Band said Beyonce wasn't singing live and the band's accompanying performance was taped.

Shortly after, the group backed off its initial statement and said no one could tell if she was singing live or not.

With the controversy growing each day, and everyone from politicians to other entertainers weighing in, the inauguration performance threatened to overshadow her planned Super Bowl halftime show. So the 31-year-old, wearing a tight, cream mini-dress, addressed the issue as soon as she took to the podium Thursday afternoon.

She asked everyone to stand, and, with an image of the American flag behind her, performed a live rendition of the national anthem that mirrored the one on Inauguration Day.

After, she said with a laugh: "Any questions?"

Despite her performance, there were.

When pressed about whether any sound was coming from her voice when she sang for the president, she said she was singing along to the track and not mimicking. And when asked if she would be singing live at the Super Bowl, she said: "I will absolutely be singing live.

"This is what I was born to do."

She said later: "I always sing live.

"The inauguration was unfortunately a time where I could not rehearse with the orchestra, actually because I was rehearsing for the Super Bowl. So that was always the plan."

Beyonce also got a chance to talk more in detail about the reason why she was in New Orleans - to perform at the halftime show.

Calling it one of her career aspirations, she said when she arrived at the Superdome, she was so moved by the experience she took her shoes of and ran on the field, taking in the history at the famed venue.

"It really makes me emotional," she said.

"When I am no longer here, it's what they're gonna show."

Beyonce has teased photos and video of herself preparing for the show, which will perhaps be the biggest audience of her career.

Last year, Madonna's halftime performance was the most-watched Super Bowl halftime performance ever, with an average of 114 million viewers. It garnered more viewers than the game itself, which was the most-watched US TV event in history.

But Beyonce would not give anything more away about the performance.

While a Destiny's Child reunion was shot down by Michelle Williams, who is starring in a production of
Fela! the third Destiny's Child member, Kelly Rowland, is in town.

Beyonce laughed off questions of whether Rowland or Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z, would join her on stage.

"I can't give you any details, sorry," she said.

She also would not reveal her set list, though acknowledged she was having a hard time trying to "condense a career into 12 minutes".

Before the news conference, Beyonce's Life is But A Dream was shown to the media. The documentary about the star's life features her talking in-depth about intimate details of her life, including suffering a miscarriage; it will air on HBO on February 16.

In it, she also reveals more of her one-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, whom she called her inspiration.

Beyonce said that she was counting down until 9pm Sunday, when her performance would be over - and she could be reunited with Blue Ivy.

"I feel like my daughter changed me and changed my life and has given me so much purpose," she said.

Before falling pregnant with Blue Ivy - who was born in January 2012 - the superstar singer lost a baby.

Beyonce opened up about the heartbreaking event and her desire to become a mother in Life Is But a Dream.

"About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time. And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life," she said.

"I picked out names. I envisioned what my child would look like ... I was feeling very maternal."

Beyonce went on to explain that something went wrong early into her first pregnancy.

The 31-year-old star recalled the moment she was told she had miscarried.

"I flew back to New York to get my check up - and no heartbeat," she said.

"Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat."

The tragic loss was first revealed by Jay-Z last year when he wrote a song about their daughter Blue Ivy, which featured the lyrics: "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic/ We was afraid you'd disappear/ But nah baby you magic."

Beyonce coped with the miscarriage by seeking comfort in her music. She wrote a track about her experience, but hasn't revealed the name of the song.

"I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I've ever written in my life," she said.

"And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I've ever been through."

The star was thrilled when she got pregnant with Blue Ivy. She compared the experience of expecting a baby to falling in love and couldn't contain her excitement.

"Being pregnant was very much like falling in love," she said.

"You are so open. You are so overjoyed. There's no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you, so of course you want to scream it out and tell everyone."

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