It looks like Beyonce Knowles is receiving support from her peers following backlash after she lip-synched the National Anthem on Monday (January 21) at President Obama‘s presidential inauguration ceremony.
The 31-year-old singer decided to use a “pre-recording” just before her scheduled live performance however Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez and LeAnn Rimes are sticking up for Beyonce amidst the controversy.
“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.”
Lopez also defended Beyonce while making an appearance on ‘The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,’ “In certain venues and stuff, they do prerecord things, because you’re going to have that terrible slapback,” she said. “All performers do have to do it at some point.”
As for Rimes, “I’m actually taking up for her on this one,” she said while appearing on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.’ “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.”