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'She did a beautiful job with the pre-record'

Daily Mail
Sunday, January 27, 2013

She has yet to comment on reports that she lip-synched when performing the Star Spangled Banner at President Obama's inauguration ceremony.

But one person not holding back with her crticism of Beyoncé's reported miming is Aretha Franklin, who admitted she 'cracked up' when she heard the news.

However, Aretha, who performed at Obama's first inauguration ceremony back in 2009, told ABC News that the singer had 'done a beautiful job with the pre-record'.

She said: '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.'

And Aretha said that she had never even thought of miming when she performed My Country 'Tis of Thee four years ago.

She added: 'I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind.'

'I will say this, it's not the first or the last time that someone has had to lip-sync.

She went on: 'My greatest singer of all time, Whitney Houston, it came to light that her anthem was in fact lip-synced.'

Williams also discussed artists using back-up tracks for live performances: 'It's their personal preference,' she said. 'With big crowds and echoes, you know when it's a big historical moment, you don't want any room for any mistakes so I can understand why it was done.'

Jennifer Lopez also addressed the rumours during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Tuesday night.

Asked her opinion on pre-recording the track for such a public event, Jennifer said: 'Sometimes it happens when you are in certain stadiums and certain venues and things, they do prerecord stuff because you're going to have that terrible slapback.'

She added: 'If I remember rightly, Whitney Houston was also recorded when she performed at the Super Bowl.

'And it was an amazing rendition - everyone loved it and it became a huge hit.'

Lopez's former American Idol co-star Steven Tyler weighed in too, telling TMZ that while he had never mimed, 'Beyonce's so hot she can do anything, let's get real'.

Alicia Keys, who performed during the Presidential Inauguration Ball, also took to Beyonce's defense when she sat down for an interview with Capital FM on Wednesday.

Speaking about the events, she said: 'What I do know is that Beyonce is a great performer and she's an incredible artist. Really really powerful voice and the one thing you can not doubt is she can sing, you know what I mean?

The 31-year-old continued: 'And she absolutely can sing so all the rest of the wires and whatever, we know that she can deliver and she did deliver that song and she did deliver that song really beautifully.'