The Huffington Post | By Madeline Boardman
President Barack Obama will be sworn in to his second term to the tune of Beyonce.
People Magazine and Politico reported Wednesday that the singer will lead the performances at the inauguration on Jan. 21, where she will be singing the National Anthem. Also tapped to perform equally patriotic songs are Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor. Clarkson will sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” while Taylor will do his best “America the Beautiful.”
At Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, Aretha Franklin took the honor of performing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Beyonce was also involved in Obama’s first inauguration – she sang the Etta James standard “At Last” for the first dance at the Inaugural Ball.
Beyonce is also the headlining act for this year’s Super Bowl. The singer’s husband, Jay-Z, performed at an Ohio rally on the eve of the 2012 election, but inauguration plans have yet to include the rapper.
The second inauguration, which is being publicized as much more low-key than Obama’s first star-studded event, will include more performers who will be announced in the coming weeks. Already added to the list is poet Richard Blanco. At 44, Blanco is the youngest-ever Inaugural poet, as well as the first Hispanic and first LGBT poet to perform at the presidential inauguration.
Civil rights activist and former wife to the deceased Medgar Evers, Myrlie Evers-Williams will also reportedly be a part of the Inauguration.