Obama Picks Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor to Perform at Presidential Inauguration
R&B superstar Beyonce Knowles, pop singer Kelly Clarkson and folk rocker James Taylor are the three artists chosen to perform at the inauguration ceremony of US President Barack Obama's second term at the White House.
The organisers of the event also confirmed that the 51-year-old Democrat has cherry-picked the aforementioned trio.
"Vice President Biden and I are honoured to have these wonderfully talented musical artists perform at the Inaugural ceremony. Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country," Obama said while explaining his selection.
Queen B will perform the US national anthem, while Clarkson will croon the famous American patriotic song "My Country Tis of Thee," which was also sung by Aretha Franklin at Obama's first inauguration in 2009. Taylor, on the other hand, will present his rendition of "America the Beautiful."
The ceremony, which will take place on January 21 in the American capital, will also feature Richard Blanco as the inaugural poet. The Cuban-American poet, who lives an openly gay lifestyle, is the first ever person from the LGBT or Hispanic community to be chosen for this prestigious role.
"Richard's writing will be wonderfully fitting for an inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nation's great diversity," the American supremo added.
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