Beyonce to Sing at Obama's Inauguration
Kelly Clarkson Also Announced, Will Perform 'My Country 'Tis of Thee'
Beyonce will perform the National Anthem at President Barack Obama's second inauguration later this month, a major honor for the singer who four years ago crooned Etta James' "At Last" at one of the Inaugural Balls.
Joining the "Single Ladies" star outside the Capital building on Monday, January 21 will be pop-rock queen Kelly Clarkson, who will perform "My Country 'Tis of Thee," and singer-songwriter James Taylor, who'll fill the National Mall with "America the Beautiful," the Presidential Inaugural Committee told People.
At the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball in 2009, Beyonce sang "At Last," which provided the soundtrack to Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's first dance. She was an ardent supporter of Obama's reelection and in September hosted -- along with her husband Jay-Z -- a fundraiser in New York City that raised a reported $4 million.
Clarkson, a native Texan who has identified herself as a Republican, made political headlines in December 2011 when she voiced support for then-candidate Ron Paul. "If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote," she said at the time.
Non-music participants at the inauguration were also announced this week. The invocation will be delivered by civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams, the benediction by Rev. Louis Giglio and a poem will be read by Richard Blanco. More participants will be announced in the coming days.
A record 1.8 million people attended Obama's first inaugural, however half of that is expected this year, according to the Associated Press. Part of the scaling back has included the amount of inauguration balls from ten to two.
Beyonce singing the National Anthem at the 2004 Super Bowl: