Aretha Franklin Addresses Beyonce Lip-Sync Controversy

2:53 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
Aretha Franklin sings during the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Aretha Franklin knows exactly what it's like to sing at a presidential inauguration.

She belted out My Country 'Tis of Thee for President Obama's first inauguration in 2009. And now she's giving her take on the Beyoncé lip-syncing controversy.

Franklin tells ABC News that when she heard Beyoncé's national anthem performance "was pre-recorded I really laughed. I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather."
In fact, ABC notes that the temperature on Monday in Washington was around 40 degrees. Adds Franklin, "I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record ... next time I'll probably do the same."

Franklin says that in 2009, she opted for a live performance because, "I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind."

She's not about to denounce any artist for going that route.

"I think it's optional really, it's up to the artist," Franklin says. "In 2009, I wanted everything to be live and on the real side for the moment as it actually happened. Those were my feelings for my performance, but having come face to face with 28, 22 degrees I am not surprised she pre-recorded. She wanted her performance to be what she wanted to be and she realized it wasn't going to be the way she wanted it to be or she was going to be running a risk. That's probably why she pre-recorded exactly how she wanted it to be heard."

Franklin added that Kelly Clarkson, who did sing live, and also sang My Country 'Tis of Thee, was "magnificent" as well.

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