R&B star and major Obama supporter Beyonce was picked to sing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony of US President Barack Obama’s second term at the White House.
Beyonce, who joined husband Jay-Z as they hosted a $4million fundraiser for Obama last year, will be singing on the West Front of the Capitol. She will be joined by other performers like former “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson (who will sing “America” “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”) and James Taylor (to performer “America the Beautiful”).
Obama said in a statement, “Vice President Biden and I are honored to have these wonderfully talented musical artists perform at the Inaugural ceremony. Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country.”
The Presidential Inaugural Committee added that the president himself was involved in picking out the performers. He also included Richard Blanco as the inaugural poet. Obama added, “Richard’s writing will be wonderfully fitting for an inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nation’s great diversity.”
The celebration will be held on January 21, the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
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