Aretha Franklin Weighs In on Beyoncé’s Lip Syncing

Our Lady of Majestic Hats Aretha Franklin (otherwise known as the Queen of Soul) is no stranger to singing in cold weather. After all, she made quite a splash at Barack Obama’s first inauguration back in 2009, where she sang "My Country, ‘Tis of Thee" while wearing a bow the size of at least one of her ample bosoms. Clearly, she’s the person to whom most of us would turn to get expert commentary on Beyoncé’s lip syncing controversy.

What is her response? Well, she LOLed, obviously.

The Queen of Soul said she "cracked up" at all the backlash, adding that she would probably do the same thing next time.

"I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind," Franklin said of her performance at the 2009 Inauguration.

The songstress also took the opportunity to complain that last time around, her long wait led to a subpar performance.

"I just wished I could have sung the moment I got there," she said. "If I could have walked on immediately and sung it wouldn’t have affected my voice the way it did."

Meanwhile, Franklin admitted to lip-syncing in 2004 at a Detroit-Lakers game in the NBA finals. But, you know, who cares? Because Aretha Franklin can sing. We all know that! And you know who else can sing? Beyoncé, you dummies! This is such a non-controversy because, hello, the lady sings live all the time. Case in point:

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