Wigless, denim capris, Chucks, a pearl necklace, lounging chichis and a suede blazer from the early 90s…. Aretha Franklin serves up more glamour than all of the Knowles women combined and she does it without even trying. A foreclosure notice goes up on the House of Dereon’s front door every time Aretha Franklin steps out.
As the House Committee on Un-American Activities prepares to hold a hearing on Beyonce lip-synching at the Inauguration, the media is asking everybody about this shit. I mean, they asked JLo about this and Fab Morvan knows more about live singing than JLo does. The only person they should ask about Beyonce’s performance is Queen Aretha, because her opinion is the only opinion that matters. ABC News knows this, because they asked Aretha her thoughts on the living singing not heard around the world. Aretha said when she first found out that Beyonce lip-synched, she let out a laugh and you know it was one of those haughty “HA! These amateur bitches…” laugh.
“[Beyonce] did a beautiful job. But, when I heard the news this evening that she was pre-recorded I really laughed. 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.”
When Aretha sang “My Country Tis of Thee” at the Inauguration in 2009, the thought of singing along to a track never entered her brain:
“I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind.
In 2009, I wanted everything to be live and on the real side for the moment as it actually happened. Those were my feelings for my performance, but having come face to face with 28, 22 degrees I am not surprised she pre-recorded. 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. That’s probably why she pre-recorded exactly how she wanted it to be heard.”
Aretha did admit to ABC News that she lip-synched the National Anthem at Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2004.
What’s really surprising is that Aretha lip-synched once. I refuse to believe this. Aretha is just saying that, because she’s trying to make newbie Beyonce feel better. What a heart that goddess has. It’s not possible for Aretha to lip-synch. Every time she opens her mouth, a solid gold musical note wafts out. I also refuse to believe that she has sung along to a backing track. That’s also impossible. Every time Aretha is in the car and tries to sing along to a song on the radio, the radio immediately turns off, because it will not make music while in the presence of the ultimate music maker. Every time Aretha is outside and hums to herself, the birds turn off their vocal cords and shut the fuck up, because the queen is singing. Nice try, Aretha, but I rebuke that claim.