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Aretha Franklin Supporting Beyonce In Lip-Synching Scandal

Aretha Franklin Supporting Beyonce In Lip-Synching Scandal

Aretha Franklin is speaking up in support of Beyonce, who sparked controversy by reportedly lip-synching the national anthem at this week's inauguration ceremony. But Franklin sees no problem with using a pre-recorded track for these types of events -- especially given how cold it was in Washington, DC on Monday. She tells ABC News that with temperatures in the 40s, "for most singers, that is just not good singing weather." Aretha adds that Beyonce "did a beautiful job with the pre-record," and she'll "probably do the same" the next time she's asked to perform at a special event under adverse weather conditions.

However, Franklin delivered a live rendition of "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Obama's first inauguration in 2009. The Queen of Soul explains that she "wanted to give people the real thing," and at the time it never occurred to her to lip-synch. But she says the decision about performing live is "up to the artist," adding that Beyonce most likely chose to pre-record to make sure her performance was "exactly how she wanted it to be heard."

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