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“She did a beautiful job with the pre-record. . . Next time I’ll probably do the same.”

Aretha Franklin weighing in on the Beyonce lip-sync controversy, in an interview with ABC. The Queen of Soul made it clear that her performance of “My Country ’Tis of Thee” at the 2009 inauguration was live, not Memorex — but says the cold weather was rough on her voice that day and that the younger diva made an arguably shrewd choice. (Assuming Bey did actually lip-sync. Still searching for answers.) “The weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather,” Franklin added. (UPDATE 1/24, read more: Other stars defend Beyonce; questions remain)

Earlier: Beyonce lip-sync controversy evolves: Did she sing live? The stories change, 1/22/13

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