The Queen of Soul will be on hand as Michigan's first woman governor is sworn in next week. Aretha Franklin is scheduled to sing the national anthem during the inaugural festivities Jan. 1 in Lansing,

The Queen of Soul will be on hand as Michigan's first woman governor is sworn in next week. Aretha Franklin is scheduled to sing the national anthem during the inaugural festivities Jan. 1 in Lansing, Gov.-elect Jennifer Granholm said.

"Aretha is a true Michigan treasure," Granholm said in a statement. "My entire family is honored that she has agreed to lend her voice to this ceremony's song." Franklin will perform during the inaugural program at the Lansing Center. The program follows a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.

Granholm said she often played Franklin's music on her campaign bus. "There's nothing like a little Aretha to liven up a long bus trip," she said. Granholm also announced that her swearing-in will be simulcast on video screens at the Lansing Center for those who wish to view the inauguration indoors.


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