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.”
Just like President Obama, Jay-Z is supporting gay marriage as he sits down in a new interview with CNN‘s Poppy Harlow to discuss the topic.
The 42-year-old rapper who welcomed his first daughter, Blue Ivy, with wife Beyonce Knowles back in January was quite open about the topic of legalizing gay marriage saying, “I’ve always thought it as something that’s still holding the country back. What people do in their homes is their business and you choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”
In the interview, Jay-Z also says that he supports Obama’s stance for gay marriage even if it costs him votes for the upcoming election, “I think it’s the right thing to do, whether it cost him votes or not. Again, it’s not about votes, it’s about people. So whether it cost him votes or not I think it’s the right thing to do as a human being.”
In another interview with MTV News, Jay-Z says that he has stalled making music since Beyonce gave birth because he wants to focus on his daughter, “I thought that I would after my daughter was born. I thought I would be more inspired with all the new feelings and everything that I’d have to write about, but it really happened the other way.”
“I just really wanna hang out with her. I just wanna enjoy those moments for a bit and I’m sure that feeling of music will come back to me,” he explained.