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Aretha Franklin ‘Cracked Up’ Laughing Over Beyonce Lip-Sync Row, But ‘Loved’ Kelly Clarkson’s Performance

Aretha Franklin has entered the Beyonce Lip-Sync row and said she “cracked up” laughing over the musical controversy now surrounding president Obama’s second inauguration.

The 70-year-old singer, who performed “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at Obama’s first inauguration ceremony four years ago, spoke to ABC News about the drama.

Franklin told ABC News she thought Beyonce “did a beautiful job” at the event but added:

“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,” she continued. “I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record … next time I’ll probably do the same.”

Recalling her 2009 inauguration performance, Franklin said she had sung live because “I wanted to give people the real thing” and that “pre-recording never crossed my mind.”

However, the soul legend did concede that a singer’s choice about using a pre-recording was, “optional really, it’s up to the artist.”

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