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Amidst all the lip-synching controversy, legendary diva Aretha Franklin rushed to Beyoncé’s defense Tuesday, saying she thought the “Single Ladies” singer did a beautiful job with the National Anthem at President Obama’s Inauguration.
“When I heard the news this evening that she was pre-recorded I really laughed,” Franklin told ABC News. “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.”
The Queen of Soul said she “cracked up” at all the backlash, adding that she would probably do the same thing next time.
“I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind,” Franklin said of her performance at the 2009 Inauguration.
The songstress also took the opportunity to complain that last time around, her long wait led to a subpar performance.
“I just wished I could have sung the moment I got there,” she said. “If I could have walked on immediately and sung it wouldn’t have affected my voice the way it did.”
Franklin did admit to lip-syncing years ago at a performance of the National Anthem when the Detroit Pistons took on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the 2004 NBA Finals.