Beyoncé’s lip-sync mess: Aretha Franklin speaks out

Beyoncé’s detractors are frothing at the mouths over the lip-synch controversy and adding gasoline to what many consider a non-issue.

Aretha Franklin performed for the Obamas and says that she did not lip-synch and would not have agreed to do such a thing.

Franklin told ABC News that she would have never lip-synched for President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

“[Beyoncé] did a beautiful job. But, when I heard the news this evening that she 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. When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record … next time I’ll probably do the same.”

When Aretha sang “My Country Tis of Thee” at the inauguration in 2009, the thought of singing along to a track never entered her brain:

“I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind.

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 [it] 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.”

Zondra Hughes

Deputy Editor, Rolling Out

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