Aretha Franklin 'Really Laughed' About Beyonce Lip-Sync Controversy


Despite Franklin's graciousness to Beyonce, what is not clear in the whole controversy is what exactly happened. Beyonce's spokesperson did not return numerous phone calls and e mails throughout the day Tuesday and she didn't weigh in herself.

So, did she or didn't she?

A U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman said Tuesday they are not "in a position to assess."

Captain Kendra N. Motz, Media Officer of the U.S. Marine Band, said the Presidential Inaugural Committee requested they accompany Beyonce in her performance, but "there was no opportunity for Ms. Knowles-Carter to rehearse with the Marine Band before the Inauguration so it was determined that a live performance by the band was ill-advised for such a high-profile event."

"Each piece of music scheduled for performance in the Inauguration is pre-recorded for use in case of freezing temperatures, equipment failure, or extenuating circumstances," Motz said in a statement. "Regarding Ms. Knowles-Carter's vocal performance, no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded."

Eearlier in the day Tuesday, however, another spokesperson for the U.S. Marine Corps band told ABC News she did in fact lip-sync.

"We all know Beyonce can sing," Master Sgt. of the U.S. Marine Band Kristin duBois told ABC News today. "We all know the Marine Corps Band can play. We do not know why she decided to go with the pre-recorded music at the last minute."

DuBois later added that, to her knowledge, Beyonce was not singing. It was Beyonce's voice, but a pre-recorded version heard by about a million people in Washington and millions more on television.

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