Nightly News   |  January 23, 2013

Aretha: ‘I could understand’ why Beyonce pre-recorded

The ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin weighed in on the recent chatter over Beyonce’s decision to lip-sync the national anthem during the president’s second inauguration. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> and aretha franklin talked with us today. she felt the urge to speak out about the beyonce lip syncing fracus after the nark anthem we heard was a backing track. she had some thoughts on the subject as a singing veteran herself of the last inauguration.

>> when i was there in 2009 , it was in the 20s. low 30s. and mother nature was not very kind to me at all. in terms of the weather. and my voice. so i could understand if she prerecorded, why she did that.

>> aretha franklin telling us today, she can relate to vocal issues in the cold of washington this time of year. by the way, no official comment thus far from beyonce.