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23 January 2013, 17:07
The 'Girl On Fire' singer defends the 'Crazy In Love' singer over claims she mimed 'The Star Spangled Banner'.
Alicia Keys has defended Beyonce amid criticism that she lip-synced her performance at Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington DC.
The singer performed US National Anthem 'The Star Spangled Banner' as Obama was sworn in as president for a second term on Monday (21st January).
Her performance was initially widely praised before reports emerged yesterday (22nd January) that she had actually lip-synced to a pre-recorded version of the song.
The Times newspaper said Beyonce decided shortly before the ceremony that she would use the studio version rather than performing live herself.
Alicia, who also performed during the inauguration celebrations, defended Beyonce vigorously during an interview with Capital FM, which will air in full with Max on Sunday - but check out a preview below now.
She exclusively said: "What I do know is that Beyonce is a great performer and she's an incredible artist with a really, really powerful voice.
"The one thing that you cannot doubt is that she can sing. She absolutely can sing."
Alicia added to Capital: "All the rest of the 'whys' or 'whatever', we know that she can deliver and she did deliver that song really beautifully."
Beyonce has yet to comment on the claims that she mimed her performance during the inauguration.
You can hear Alicia Keys in the studio with Max on Capital FM this Sunday (27th January) from 7pm.