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Aretha Franklin: 'I laughed at Beyoncé lip-synch story'

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Aretha Franklin has admitted that she laughed when she found out Beyoncé allegedly lip-synched her performance at President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on Monday (January 21).

The soul singer explained that it would have been difficult to sing the US national anthem 'The Star-Spangled Banner' live because of the cold weather.

Aretha Franklin

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Beyonce, Inauguration Ceremony of United States President Barack Obama

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"When I heard the news this evening that she was pre-recorded I really laughed," Franklin told ABC News.

"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. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record."

Beyoncé sings the United States national anthem at Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration

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Franklin performed at President Obama's first inauguration ceremony back in 2009 and wishes that she could have sung earlier on in the proceedings to give a better performance.

"I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind," Franklin said. "Had I not had to sit that long, I had to sit for 45 or 30 minutes and it was much colder, it was in the 20s.

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

Watch Beyoncé perform 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at President Obama's inauguration ceremony below:

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