The Celebrity Consensus: Leave Beyonce Alone!

Gabrielle Chung | January 23, 2013 - 2:00 pm

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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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