The Celebrity Consensus: Leave Beyonce Alone!

Aretha, J.Lo and others react to the singer's presidential lip-synching scandal.

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Beyonce's "Star Mangled Banner" controversy isn't over just yet.

The singer faced backlash this Monday following President Barack Obama's  presidential inauguration ceremony, in which it was revealed by attendees that the pop star decided to fall back on a “pre-recording” just hours before her scheduled live performance.

Following the bombshell news, fellow celebrity crooners such as Jennifer Lopez, LeAnn Rimes and Aretha Franklin -- who performed at the 2009 inauguration ceremony -- quickly came to Bey's defense.

"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 ... next time, I'll probably do the same."

Franklin, who had a tiff with Beyonce back in 2008, continued that she's "not surprised" that the 31-year-old went with a pre-recorded track, given the circumstances.

"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," the soul singer said. "That's probably why she pre-recorded exactly how she wanted it to be heard."

Likewise, many other songstresses say they understand the difficulties of performing in cold weather.

"In certain venues and stuff, they do prerecord things, because you're going to have that terrible slapback," Lopez said during Tuesday night's episode of The Daily Show.

"All performers do have to do it at some point," Lopez added.

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Meanwhile, Rimes took to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to air her grievances.

"I'm actually taking up for her on this one," Rimes said, arguing that using the pre-recorded track may not have been a decision Beyonce made. "There are times when people will ask you to do it, and they will not let you [appear] unless you do it because they want control over what happens."

Meanwhile, some celebrities don't even believe the singer faked her performance: while arriving at LAX Tuesday, Katy Perry, who was in the audience for the performance, told awaiting paparazzi that Beyonce "didn't lip-sync."

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  • Mariah ToBeautiful Stewart
    Mariah ToBeautiful Stewart

    Well Dannq Why Yall All Up in Her Business Thats Beyonce She Do What She Wanna Do Its Her Life Know Leet Her Live It..Dannq Yall Up In Hear Business Yall Waas Staren Prettie Haard Just To See Heer Do That What Do Yall Knooe Its Called Rumors !!!

  • JIrish Mac
    JIrish Mac

    Plain and simple...Kelly Clarkson DID NOT LIP SYNCH and she rocked "My Country Tis of Thee"...enough said. Class act all the way.................

  • Sue
    Sue

    She is as fake as they come, that was the worst performance I have ever seen, even pretaped it was terrible, she deserves everything she gets, she makes millions by being a fraud

  • silk
    silk

    fake singing fake pregnancy whats next beyonce... you are as fake as they come if you'd be legit maybe we could at least respect you.

  • durnt
    durnt

    JLo and Katy Perry's defense of Bey do not count because THEY can't sing.

  • SIN
    SIN

    The other could singinthat weaterbt DIva Beyonce just couldn't do it.What a oward and a faker.

  • Gael
    Gael

    So fake boobs are OK but fake singing something you already sung before is not? 'Murica...