According to the great people over at Billboard, Beyoncé is set to perform the National Anthem at President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration later this month, which is also a major honor for the singer.
Why is that? Because she sang Etta James’ “At Last” at one of the Inaugural Balls for Obama’s first term in office. Also joining the star, who will be this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show performer, is 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.”
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. The ball will be held outside the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on January 21. Thoughts?
Watch: Beyoncé Performing “At Last” at the Inaugural Ball for President Obama and First Lady, January 20, 2009