We’re still giggling a little over the hat Aretha Franklin wore to Barack Obama’s first presidential inauguration, but now there’s something new to titter at ― or at least, for Aretha Franklin to have a chuckle about.
The legend spoke out on the massive “did she or didn’t she?” lip sync controversy regarding Beyonce’s performance of the national anthem, and while everyone else seems up in arms about it, Aretha’s just having a merry laugh about it.
Aretha performed her own patriotic tune for the 2009 inauguration, which she sang live. "I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind," she told ABCNews.
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But that doesn’t mean the Queen of Soul is judging Bey for (allegedly) lip syncing. "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."
In fact, she blames the cold for her 2009 “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” not quite being up to snuff. "Had I not had to sit that long, I had to sit for 45 or 30 minutes and it was much colder, it was in the 20s,” she said. "If I could have walked on immediately and sung it wouldn't have affected my voice the way it did."
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Aretha sure doesn’t take the issue too seriously, though. The buzz over Beyonce has provided her with more amusement than anything: “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.”
She has nothing but R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the performance itself: "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."
Do you agree with Aretha that Beyonce's pre-record was the best idea for the performance?
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