The inauguration of the President of the United States is a celebrated event indeed, even if it's effectively the follow-up to what was a landmark occasion four years ago. But if there's anyone who can bring the (white) house down, it's one of America's most beloved singing ladies, the first "American Idol," a songwriting legend and a showstopping choir.
Four years after singing "At Last" at one of the inaugural balls, Beyonce returned to Washington as the day's headliner (music-wise, that is) following Obama's swearing-in. The R&B icon appeared focused and determined as she delivered a stunningly inspired version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with Obama and other dignitaries looking on.
Immediately after, she clasped hands with the president and warmly embraced First Lady Michelle Obama. The singer and her husband, Jay-Z, were all smiles as they exited the platform and streamed into the Capital building.