(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.
Franklintells ABC News that when she heard Beyoncé's national anthemperformance "was pre-recorded I really laughed. I thought it was funnybecause the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for mostsingers that is just not good singing weather."
In fact, ABC notes that the temperature on Monday in Washington wasaround 40 degrees. Adds Franklin, "I thought it was really funny, butshe did a beautiful job with the pre-record ... next time I'll probablydo the same."
Franklin says that in 2009, she opted for a liveperformance because, "I wanted to give people the real thing andpre-recording never crossed my mind."
She's not about to denounce any artist for going that route.
"Ithink it's optional really, it's up to the artist," Franklin says. "In2009, I wanted everything to be live and on the real side for the momentas it actually happened. Those were my feelings for my performance, buthaving come face to face with 28, 22 degrees I am not surprised shepre-recorded. She wanted her performance to be what she wanted to be andshe realized it wasn't going to be the way she wanted it to be or shewas going to be running a risk. That's probably why she pre-recordedexactly 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.