Beyoncé, who campaigned for Obama alongside her husband Jay-Z, will perform the National Anthem at the ceremony on January 21, “People” magazine is reporting.
The singer will also be joined by the first “American Idol” winner and now A list singer Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson may be a bit more of a surprise in the line up, for those of you who know your politics. She professes to be a “Republican at heart” but offered her support for Barack Obama before the election. She will sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at the inauguration event.
Meanwhile, James Taylor will appear to sing ‘America The Beautiful’. The invocation will be given by journalist Myrlie Evers-Williams, while Reverend Louie Giglio will deliver the benediction.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee has reportedly said that further details about the ceremony will be released in the next few days.
Beyoncé, who will also perform at the prestigious Super Bowl half time show on February 3, famously sang the Etta James classic “At Last” at Obama’s inauguration ball in 2009 as he danced with his wife Michelle Obama for the first time as President. Who could forget that?
Who will get the first dance song this time, I wonder? Are you surprised at Kelly Clarkson crossing party allegiance lines to sing for Obama?
Planners of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration are allegedly soliciting high-dollar contributions up to $1 million to help pay for the celebration in exchange for special access. If this is true, it goes against Obama’s earlier pledge to only accept donations up to $50,000 from individuals.
But who knows? Beyoncé and Kelly Clarkson probably don’t come cheap even (especially?) for such a prestigious event as Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration.