The New York Post profiled Destiny’s Child star Beyonce Knowles performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday in Houston. Because a performer went blank – pregame show executive producer Bob Best won’t name names – during the commercial break right before the anthem, “We make a ‘protection copy,’ ” explains Best. So Beyonce cut a recording a couple of weeks back at the 20th Century Fox scoring stage in Los Angeles with a 65-piece orchestra. “We always check with the artist the day of the performance, and basically say, ‘What are you comfortable with?’ ” says Best. “Some artists feel that they may have achieved – in their mind – perfection on the performance copy and perhaps they would not be able to reach that level in the rather stressful, rather rushed, busy environment they find themselves in.”
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