J. Lo, Aretha Franklin weigh in on Beyonce-gate
January 23rd, 2013
01:31 PM ET

J. Lo, Aretha Franklin weigh in on Beyonce-gate

While the world awaits final word from Queen Bey herself on whether her Inauguration Day performance was truly a fake-out, other singers are coming to her defense. Or, finding humor in the situation, if said singer's name happens to be Aretha Franklin.

Jennifer Lopez took up for Beyonce when she visited "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on Tuesday, explaining (as many before her did that day) that lip-syncing is far from uncommon.

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While Lopez hasn't performed for POTUS before - she was previously asked to sing at the White House but turned it down - she knows that just "the idea of it" could be nerve-wracking.

"Sometimes it happens, when you're in certain stadiums and in certain venues and stuff, they do pre-record things because you're going to have that terrible slapback," Lopez said, in Beyonce's defense. ("Sure, the slapback," joked Stewart.)

The actress, who was promoting her new movie "Parker," ventured to say that "all performers do have to do it at some point."

Aretha Franklin admitted to ABC News that when she heard "that [Beyonce] was pre-recorded I really laughed ... I just really cracked up."

"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," Franklin went on. "I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record ... next time I'll probably do the same."

Filed under: Beyonce • Celebrities • Jennifer Lopez • Music

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. puspot

    She got dat azz y'all.

    January 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. My husband is having an affair with JayZ

    yep that's the one....Jay Z....i just knew it.

    January 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dark Knight

    Beyonce should have sang live especially considering both James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson performned live. But I will go further – riddle me this: 1) Why did Beyonce shed her coat to fake a song knowing that it was pre-recorded; 2) What was up with that dress – this was not a concert performance; 3) and lastly, why the over dramatic facial expressions? She was a fraud the the moment she approached the mike. Aretha sang live in 25 dergees because she know the importance of the moment. You can talk about the "Hat" but her voice was all Aretha. I'm sick of all the lip syncing – even at award shows where sound is optimum.

    January 26, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Butch Woman

      i think my husband is having an affair with Wonder Woman....you see i have no pride and no life, my goal is too suffocate him until we both die.

      January 27, 2013 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • EarlGrayHot

      My understanding is one vocal track was prerecorded and she sang live alongside it. I see no reason to gripe about that.

      January 29, 2013 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Different Times

    saw something didn't want too see...stop it madonna stop it!!!

    January 26, 2013 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. runakodesigns

    Does it really matter? If she couldn't sing that would be one thing, but really?? The girl has pipes and if she chose to save them as did Cellist Yo-Yo Ma with his instrument 4 years ago...so be it. I think she's right in not responding to this nonsense...lets see some real news!

    January 26, 2013 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • kofybean

      Yes. Its the different between being simply an entertainer and being a PERFORMER!
      What's the purpose of a LIVE performance, if it is prerecorded and acted.

      Have you ever been to a theater, opera, or any live musical performance? You pay money for them to pop in a cd and mime it? She wasn't the only performer, she's not a diva if she is too scare to rise to the occasion.

      January 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • She doesn't have too rise...

      everyone else will–best of luck in your furture

      January 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • MemoryMunch

      how can anyone be scared of a powerless butch who has no regard for the entertainment business or herself as a woman.....farewell.

      January 27, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ric

    The media has been waiting a long time to find a reason to trash Beyonce. Hey media, this is not a story! Move on! Nobody cares, let me help your clueless senior editors; North Korea is a story...Algeria, how people are suffering in the cold in the wake of Sandy....do I really need to do this???

    January 25, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. performance

    voted by all as jealousy towards beyonce....

    January 25, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Save yours


    January 25, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Meh

    Wow, she wore clothing that doesnt show off that thrashed slit

    January 25, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. saveyourfeet


    January 25, 2013 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Flora J.

    North Korea is threatening to Nuke the U.S. and all you want to do is to trash Beyonce because she lip sincs the National Anthem? For real?

    January 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. She is sooooo NOT important...

    she goes into homes without being invited-nobody needs her however...BUSINESS AS USUAL THIS WEEKEND....

    January 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. you do NOT want too be near her...

    and do NOT make a purchase for peace EVER again.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Georgina

    America has become a dumbed down nation , you have a President who can only talk when he has a teleprompter and you accept the National anthem being mouthed by an unimportant celebrity.
    II would have rather seen a school kid belting out a song even if it wasn't perfect.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Voice (of Reason)

      You know the POTUS is articulate even without a teleprompter. Are you Rove in disguise?

      January 24, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bluerobin50

    Beyonce' is one of the most talented entertainers around these days and that says a lot! If she thought to change plans to opt to go with the pre-recorded song then that should be ok with everyone. It was biting cold that day. I don't know how it affects them but apparently it does so ppl need to be quiet and not criticize her for doing what she thought was best for her!!

    January 24, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda Velez

      If she's one of the most talented entertainers in the world--then she should have been able to sing live for the President when Kelly Clarkson, who has less experience, was able to in the same weather conditions: Period.

      January 24, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daak Knight

      I so agree with Linda. Beyonce should have sang live especially considering both Jame Taylor and Kelly Clarkson performned live. But I will go further – riddle me this: 1) Why did Beyonce shed her coat to fake the sang knowing that it was pre-recorded; 2) What was up with that dress – this was not a concert performance; 3) and lastly, why the over dramatic facial expressions? She was a fraud the the moment she approached the mike. Aretha sang live in 25 dergees because she know the importance of the moment. You can talk about the "Hat" but her voice was all Aretha.

      January 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kofybean

      +1 to Linda
      She wasn't the only performer, she's not a diva if she is too scare to rise to the occasion.
      What's the purpose of a LIVE performance, if it is prerecorded and acted.
      That bumps her down from performer to entertainer...

      January 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • My husband is having an affair

      ....it took me 12 years but i finally figured out he's having an affair with anderson cooperstein - shucks

      January 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Millie-Vanillie

    Beyonce did GREAT! And the Inaugural Official just confirmed to CNN that "She did not sing live"–Wow! Ripping out the earpiece, waving the arms, even popping that vein out the neck–
    ...Smiling like a proud dad today

    January 24, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiffany

      OMG!!!!!!!! So she only put the earpeice in to pull it out as part of the LIE.... Award her for a good FAKE!

      January 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  17. all committments for sunday set...

    we can call it the gaga trashing event...don't bring a thing i have it all...

    January 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. the mi orchestra

    doesn't care about word confusion.....its the WIRE.....now move along and have a good day..

    "whoever you are"

    January 24, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  19. Word it anyway you want gaga...

    the wire connection wins...

    January 24, 2013 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  20. Still Plugged in...

    sing like a canary honey...

    January 24, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Ru-Paul

      Uh uh Honey Bee....no one can sing better than me...If you don't believe me..then you need to axe my dad and brother, Ron and Rand Paul!

      January 24, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  21. Jay-Z

    ya'll need to step off my B! She has musikal taleent. She is a good mom to Blu-Ivee and she is a way better singer than I, but that's besides da point...The Prez didn't mind..I bet it was that Ohio clown Johnny Boehner that started this stuff. Peece out!

    January 24, 2013 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • janiya mills

      i totally agree, why does it matter if she lip sing or not, shes lip singing to her own voice, the weather was cold and it is very hard for the vocal chords. if she wouldnt have lip singed she would have messed up and then people would be talking about that people just want to find something negative to say about beyonce because shes a positive person. people live your life and accept the fact that she wants something positive for the world.

      January 24, 2013 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Still Plugged in...

      sing like a canary honey...

      January 24, 2013 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Laughing

      There's no need to pretend you're from the ghetto in an attempt to insult black people. The natural born hick accent and backwards grammar that you were born and raised with are all you need to convey the pathetic truth.

      January 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |

      see everyone sunday....no need to bring a thing i have it all...just bring yourselves and comfortable clothes
      thank you.

      January 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clarissa

      What makes you think "ghetto vernacular" has anything to do with being black? When did she even say she was trying to be black? Sounds like you made that connection yourself.

      January 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Still Plugged In....

    sing like a canary honey

    January 24, 2013 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  23. So true

    i completely agree with that...don't give the negative the time of day....its just a highschool bully

    January 24, 2013 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  24. brina

    stop look for negative look for the postive and this world would be a better place.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  25. beyonce

    has no pep.

    January 24, 2013 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  26. Mary Davidson-Sol

    Beyonce should be happy her audio didn't start skipping at the Inauguration like Milli-Vanilli's did-"girl you know it's, girl you know it's, girl you know it's..."

    January 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Peter's

    tomorrow night? ha

    January 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Don the ton

    Who's give's a dam

    January 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Milli-Vanilli

    Too bad she can't blame it on the rain....

    January 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  30. imo

    isn't she the girl that faked her having a baby? she good at faking alot of stuff. she fakes o's to im gessing.

    January 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  31. TJ

    So what? The public got to see Beyonce FOR FREE to a very well lip sync. Come on, this is a non story. The point is she lip-sync to her own voice. This is so a non-story. If she messed up the lyrics or sang out of tune, she would've been hounded by the public and press for days. It's damn if you do or damn if you don't.

    January 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arnold Ziffle

      Get real. A true artist would have done it live. Beyonce and so many more of today's performers rely so much on studio tricks to sweeten their voices, they can't do it without help. Just reinforces my dislike for her. Not a fan.

      January 24, 2013 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  32. J. Beale

    Must be a slow news period. What damned difference does make, live or memorex> Still HER voice. Making a mountain out of garbage. With everything going on in this country and world, this is what we are talking about? Get A Life!

    January 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Alicia Keys

    Beyonce heard Kelly Clarkson sing... after hearing how well Kelly can sing, Beyonce said "F this halo shi_! Imma fake it!" She was literally in shear terror after hearing what a truly gifted singer can do!
    In all honesty, lip syncing or not, Beyonce sounds like a bag of dying cats. I would have hated to hear Beyonce sing live. I thought my ears were gonna start bleeding when I heard her singing the prerecorded version!

    January 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Cats are nice. They don't sound like Beeonce. Everyone loves kitties.

      January 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Pulling that note out

    can be quite difficult-

    January 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Rebbeca

    All I have to say is if you can not sing live then don't sing! Kelly Clarkson sang live and did a fantastic job and if Beyonce is such a wonderful singer why couldn't she do it live also? If I want to watch someone lip-sync I will watch MTV ! I think the President deserved more from her...just sayin!

    January 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • T.A.O.

      I agree the President deserved more than THAT. She should have sung LIVE for him.

      January 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Menicy

    The thing is, she might have actually sung it. Kelly Clarkson just came from belting her heart out... you think Beyonce was going to let her outshine... doubt it. Plus the vein that broke out in her neck made me believe she might have been belting it out with the track.

    January 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Boo

    J. Lo. couldn't sing if her life depended on it...who cares what she thinks?

    January 23, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mike

    Happens all the time. Don't people have better things to do?

    January 23, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |

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