(USA TODAY) -- Aretha Franklin knows exactly what it's like to sing at a presidential inauguration.
She belted out My Country 'Tis of Thee for President Obama's first inauguration in 2009. And now she's giving her take on the Beyoncé lip-syncing controversy.
tells ABC News that when she heard Beyoncé's national anthem
performance "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."
In fact, ABC notes that the temperature on Monday in Washington was
around 40 degrees. Adds Franklin, "I thought it was really funny, but
she did a beautiful job with the pre-record ... next time I'll probably
do the same."
Franklin says that in 2009, she opted for a live
performance because, "I wanted to give people the real thing and
pre-recording never crossed my mind."
She's not about to denounce any artist for going that route.
think it's optional really, it's up to the artist," Franklin says. "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."
Franklin added that Kelly Clarkson, who did sing live, and also sang My Country 'Tis of Thee, was "magnificent" as well.
Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY