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Aretha Franklin is cackling over Beyoncé lip-syncing

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

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Aretha Franklin is positively tickled about the controversy over whether or not Beyoncé lip-synced the national anthem at the presidential inauguration. Has this old feud been reignited?

Did she or didn't she? Beyoncé may have lip-synced her stunning performance of the national anthem at the presidential inauguration earlier this week, and her old foe Aretha Franklin finds the controversy positively hilarious.

"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."

The soul legend was quick to point out that when she performed at the 2009 inauguration it was much colder and she sang live.

"I wanted to give people the real thing and pre-recording never crossed my mind," she said.

This is far from the first time Franklin has publicly poked at Queen B. In 2008, she took great exception with the "Single Ladies" singer referring to Tina Turner as "The Queen of Soul" during a performance at the Grammys, saying, "I am not sure of whose toes I may have stepped on or whose ego I may have bruised between the Grammy writers and Beyoncé. However, I dismissed it as a cheap shot for controversy."

Beyoncé's father Mathew Knowles later fired back, saying, "Something this ridiculous — it's childish, it's unprofessional. And it's a sad day when egos get bruised because somebody used the word king, queen, prince or princess."

A Marine Corps Band spokesman has since backed off the lip-syncing claim, saying he didn't actually know one way or the other if the performance was live.

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