Beyonce Responds to Challenger Controversy, Defends Song Lyrics as "Tribute"

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Beyonce has been on a nearly perfect roll lately.

She surprised Walmart customers with hundreds of gift cards. She made a cancer patient's dream come true. And her self-titled album has received rave reviews.

But the singer has now come under fire because the opening of the track "XO includes audio from the Challenger explosion.

The song opens with NASA public affairs officer Steve Nesbitt saying: “Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction.”

Nesbitt uttered those words as a nation watched in horror on January 28, 1986, during a tragedy that killed seven people on board the Challenger spaceship.

“For the words to be used in the video is simply insensitive, at the very least," says retired astronaut Clayton Anderson, while the widow of Challenger commander Dick Scobee tells ABC News:

"We were disappointed to learn that an audio clip from the day we lost our heroic Challenger crew was used in the song ‘XO.'

The moment included in this song is an emotionally difficult one for the Challenger families, colleagues and friends. We have always chosen to focus not on how our loved ones were lost, but rather on how they lived and how their legacy lives on today.”

In response to the criticism, Beyonce has issued the following statement:

"My heart goes out to the families of those lost in the Challenger disaster. The song ‘XO’ was recorded with the sincerest intention to help heal those who have lost loved ones and to remind us that unexpected things happen, so love and appreciate every minute that you have with those who mean the most to you.

"The songwriters included the audio in tribute to the unselfish work of the Challenger crew with hope that they will never be forgotten.”

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