ABC News caught up with the Queen of Soul to discuss Beyoncégate, and Aretha is really enjoying this: “When I heard [she lip-synched] I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record.” As for her own inauguration performance in 2009, Franklin says she “wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed [her] mind.” She added that “next time” she probably would lip-synch. Anyway, this is what Inaugural Authenticity sounds like.
The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin performs at The Fox Theatre on March 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images