Aretha Franklin says use of pre-recorded rendition of "Star-Spangled Banner" was warranted by the cold weather
Aretha Franklin has r-e-s-p-e-c-t for Beyoncé's decision to use a "beautiful" pre-recorded rendition of the national anthem during President Barack Obama's inaugural ceremony on Monday.
The Queen of Soul, who sang "My Country 'Tis of Thee" during Obama's inauguration in 2009, told ABC News that the cold weather warranted Beyoncé lip-syncing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
"The weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather," Franklin said after noting the news gave her a good laugh. "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."
She says "next time," because she wasn't afraid to brave below-freezing temperatures in Washington D.C. when she performed live four years ago.
"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," Franklin continued. "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."
The 70-year-old Franklin isn't the only music star shrugging off Beyoncégate. Jennifer Lopez told Jon Stewart on Tuesday's episode of "The Daily Show" that "all performers do have to" lip-sync at some point in their career.
“You know, sometimes it happens,” she explained. “When you’re in certain stadiums and in certain venues, they do pre-record things.”
Lopez's former "American Idol" judging panel partner, Steven Tyler, isn't particularly bothered by Beyoncé lip-syncing either. "It doesn't matter," he told TMZ.
"Beyoncé's so hot, she can do anything," the Aerosmith frontman added to give some shallow perspective. "Let's just get real."
Whether or not Beyoncé would agree with Tyler's flattering statement, she has yet to comment on the matter herself, aside from posting the performance on her Tumblr — an action that suggests she has no regrets.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Marine Band that previously admitted to using a pre-recorded track to back her performance and suggested Beyoncé did the same for her vocals, has changed its tune.
"Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances," a spokesman for the Marines told TheWrap on Tuesday. "Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."