Beyoncé to serenade President Obama back into the oval office for the second time
BEYONCE is to sing once again at the inauguration of President Obama, this time performing the national anthem at the official ceremony in two weeks time.
The Crazy in Love singer who is a close personal friend of the first family, and campaigned with husband Jay –Z for the reelection of Obama, will sing at Capiol Hill ceremony on January 21.
Beyoncé will take centre stage as one of three special musical guests at the second inauguration of Obama.
American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson will perform “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” which Aretha Franklin performed for Obama’s first term in office, and James Taylor will sing “America the Beautiful” when President Obama takes the oath of office at a ceremony on the Capitol steps.
Obama had said he wants a toned-down celebration the second time around, with his first auguration in 2009 being preceeded by a concert the day before with performances by Bruce Springsteen and U2 among others.
Jay-Z’s wife performed a cover of Etta James's "At Last" for Obama's first dance with Michelle during the Inaugural Ball at his first inauguration.
"Vice President Biden and I are honoured to have these wonderfully talented musical artists perform at the Inaugural ceremony," Obama said in a statement. "Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country."
The announcement comes the same day as Beyonce appeared on the cover of GQ magazine in a racy sporty outfit.
The mother of Baby Blue Ivy, who turned one on Monday, shows off her enviable figure in a pair of red leopard print pants and a crop top that just about skims her chest.
The inauguration ceremony comes as the singer makes a return to performing after taking a year out following the birth of her daughter.
She will also perform at the prestigious half time slot at the American Superbowl on 3 February.