Star-Spangled Inauguration Preview: Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor
A lineup of musical heavy hitters is on deck for Obama’s inauguration:
Beyonce, who with husband Jay-Z aided Obama’s reelection effort, will sing the national anthem during the Jan. 21 ceremony. The popular singer, who will also be headlining the upcoming Super Bowl halftime show, took part in Obama’s first inauguration, singing the Etta James classic “At Last” to open the first Inaugural Ball.
Clarkson will follow in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin, singing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” while James Taylor will take up “America the Beautiful.”
“Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country,” Obama, who aided in the selection process, said in a statement.