beyonce lip sync aretha franklin jennifer lopez Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Lopez defend Beyonce's choice to lip sync

Following the news that Beyonce lip-synced the national anthem at President Obama‘s inauguration, there’s been a mixed response of anger and indifference from the public. Both Aretha Franklin and Jennifer Lopez have come out to say they don’t see what people are getting all up in arms about in regards to the lip-syncing controversy.

“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 tells ABC News. “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.”

Lopez had a different explanation for why pre-recorded vocals are sometimes necessary. She says that the venue was likely the reason — in addition to the cold — that Beyonce felt the need to lip-sync.

“Sometimes it happens when you are in certain stadiums and certain venues and things, they do pre-record stuff because you’re going to have that terrible slapback,” she tells Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.”

Were you surprised to learn Beyonce had lip-synced? Do you think it’s a big deal?

Posted by:Terri Schwartz