Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor are among some of the performers expected to participate in President Obama's inauguration later this month, the inauguration committee will announce today.
The entertainers will perform patriotic songs as Obama is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States for a second term on Jan. 21 at the West Front of the United States Capitol, according to USA Today.
Clarkson will sing "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," which soul icon Aretha Franklin performed in 2009 while wearing an overstated hat.
Taylor has pretaped his performance of "America the Beautiful," which will be played during the inauguration ceremony.
Beyoncé will perform the national anthem. This will be the singer's second inaugural performance. She sang her rendition of the Etta James classic "At Last” for the president and first lady’s first dance at the 2009 Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.
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More announcements about expected performers will be made in the upcoming days, according to MTV.
Obama’s second inauguration will be more toned down than his first, with about one million people expected to attend his swearing in, and there are two official balls planned.
In his first inauguration in 2009, about 1.8 million people attended the swearing-in ceremony. Boldfaced names who attended included Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Magic Johnson, Diddy, Spike Lee and Jamie Foxx. Performers at the various 2009 balls included Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Shakira, will.i.am, Fall Out Boy and Rihanna.
The president will be officially sworn in on Jan. 20 in a small ceremony at the White House. Since that day falls on a Sunday, a public star-studded ceremony will also take place on Jan. 21.