During the second inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson were called upon to sing for the crowd estimated at 500,000.
The former ‘Idol’ winner took the microphone first with a rendition of ‘My Country, ‘Tis of Thee’ while accompanied by the famed U.S. Marine Band. After the completion of the song, often referred to as ‘America,’ President Obama thanked her and shook her hand. The event Master of Ceremonies, N.Y. Sen. Chuck Schumer, returned to the podium and said, “Wow.”
Kelly posted a photo on Twitter that she captioned, “Maybe the coolest picture I have ever been in…ever. What an honor to be a part of history! Obama’s presence was powerful and his words unforgettable. It’s a proud day for America!”
Beyonce belted out a powerful rendition of the ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ the national anthem. First Lady Michelle Obama teared-up when the camera panned to her during the performance.
The ‘Put A Ring On It’ singer took time out of her busy schedule leading up to her Super Bowl XLV11 Pepsi Halftime Show to become a part of history for the second time in four years. She sang the Etta James tune ‘At Last’ as the Obama’s danced during at their first inaugural ball.
Accompanied today by her husband Jay-Z, she wore a floor-length Pucci dress, Dior coat and emerald earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.
We would be remiss if we failed to include video of James Taylor singing ‘America the Beautiful,’ as he strummed on a guitar. During the 2012 campaign, Taylor, accompanied by his wife as backup vocalist, spent more than a month performing at the president’s rallies and fundraisers. He and his family have been in Washington D.C. for several days taking in a number of high profile events as a show of appreciation from the Obama camp.
Photos: WENN, Twitter-Kelly Clarkson