James Taylor kicked off the musical performances, strumming his guitar and singing America the Beautiful.
Kelly Clarkson followed with an unusual arrangement of My Country 'Tis of Thee.
Then Beyonce was introduced, and the crowd again roared its approval. The pop goddess may have been the star musical attraction, but she had plenty of company from Hollywood at the Capitol.
Actress Eva Longoria was seated on the platform outside the Capitol after making an appearance at a Kennedy Centre performance last night.