Beyoncé will take center stage to perform the National Anthem at President Obama’s second-term inauguration Jan. 21 on Capitol Hill.
Beyoncé has become a familiar face for such historic events. The R&B diva fought back tears in 2009 as she performed the Etta James classic “At Last” while the president and first lady slow-danced at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.
Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor will also join the performance roster to sing patriotic classics. Clarkson will fill legend Aretha Franklin’s shoes (though, perhaps not her very memorable hat) this inauguration by performing “My County ‘Tis of Thee”—an honor Franklin took on for Obama’s first term in office. As for Taylor, the 1970s folk-rock icon is expected to sing “America the Beautiful.”
USA Today reports that Richard Blanco, the son of Cuban exiles, will be the inaugural poet, making him, at the age of 21, the youngest person to recite a poem for a presidential swearing-in.
The inaugural committee is expected to add to the star-studded performance roster in coming days.