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Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child addresses Beyoncé's 'lip-sync'

Entertainment Tonight, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 10:39am (PST)

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Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams is speaking out about the controversy surrounding Beyoncé's rendition of the national anthem at the presidential inauguration Monday.

After a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps Band seemingly confirmed to The New York Times that Beyoncé did not sing live, then later sent out a second statement that "no one in the Marine Band is in a position to assess whether it was live or pre-recorded," Williams defended her bandmate.

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"I will say this: It's not the first or the last time that someone has had to lip-sync. My greatest singer of all time, Whitney Houston -- it came to light that her anthem was in fact lip-synced," she told ET's Rocsi Diaz.

Williams also explained artists' use of backup tracks for live performances.

"It's their personal preference. With big crowds and echoes, you know when it's a big historical moment, you don't want any room for any mistakes, so I can understand why it was done," she said.

Destiny's Child, which consists of Williams, Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, recently announced that they're reuniting after eight years with some new music. "Love Songs" will be a collection of the trio's most romantic tracks over the years, in addition to at least one new song, "Nuclear."

For more of ET's exclusive interview with Michelle Williams, tune in tonight!

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