Beyoncé will sing the national anthem during President Barack Obama’s second inauguration ceremony this month, reports USA Today. In 2009 the pop star sang “At Last” at the Inauguration Ball as the president and first lady Michelle Obama danced. James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson will join Beyoncé in performing later this month. (A sneak preview of Mrs. Carter’s upcoming GQ magazine cover also leaked onto the Web recently.)
Beyoncé, who’s also starring at the Super Bowl halftime show next month, will sing the national anthem, always a tough tune to pull off well.
Taylor, the Sweet Baby James icon of ’70s folk-rock, will sing America the Beautiful.
And Clarkson, the first winner of American Idol (2002), will sing My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, the song with different lyrics but the same tune as the British national anthem. At the first Obama inaugural ceremony in 2009, soul diva Aretha Franklin sang it while wearing a memorable hat.
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