Beyonce to sing national anthem at President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony
01/09/2013 by Kristina Lopez
Beyonce is on the list of entertainers set to perform at President Barack Obama's second inauguration ceremony. Beyonce will sing the national anthem at the ceremony on January 21, according to The Associated Press. Other entertainers include Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor. President Obama picked Beyonce to sing the national anthem. The 31-year-old singer previously sang Etta James' "At Last" for the president and first lady's dance at the inaugural ball in 2009. Beyonce played James in the 2008 film "Cadillac Records." Clarkson will perform "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and Taylor will perform "America the Beautiful." Beyonce and Taylor are noted supporters of President Obama. Beyonce hosted a $4 million fundraiser for President Obama's re-election campaign. In April, the singer penned a letter of admiration to Michelle Obama. Taylor sang at the White House in Obama's first term and at the Democratic National Convention last summer. In December 2011, Clarkson endorsed Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. However, the first "American Idol" winner said on her Twitter page on Wednesday, "Excited & honored to announce that I'll be performing 'America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)' at the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21!" Richard Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles, is the 2013 inaugural poet. Previous poets who have recited work at presidential inaugurations include Maya Angelou and the late Robert Frost. At 44, Blanco is the youngest-ever inaugural poet as well as the first Hispanic or gay man to recite a poem at the ceremonial swearing-in. The official celebration will include the swearing-in on the Capitol's west front, followed by a luncheon inside the building's Statuary Hall for 200 including congressional leaders, Cabinet members and Supreme Court justices.
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