Beyonce also sang for Barack Obama at one of his inaugural
balls in 2009
Pop stars Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Clarkson and folk
veteran James Taylor will perform at Barack Obama’s
inauguration as he officially begins his second term as US
Organisers said the president was involved in selecting the
“Their music is often at the heart of the American story and
speaks to folks across the country,” Mr Obama said.
Cuban-American Richard Blanco will be the 2013 inaugural
poet at the event, in Washington DC on 21 January.
Blanco, 44, will be the youngest-ever inaugural poet and the
first Hispanic or gay writer to take the role, according to
Mr Obama said: “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.”
For the musical segments, Beyonce will sing the national
anthem, Clarkson will perform My Country Tis of Thee and
Taylor will give his rendition of America the Beautiful.
James Taylor and Beyonce both sang for Mr Obama at
inaugural balls in 2009 after he was first elected president.
Beyonce’s rendition of Etta James’s At Last has since become
a staple of her live shows.
She also wrote an open letter during the re-election campaign
praising the president as “the leader to take us from where we
are to where we need to be”.
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