Beyoncé, James Taylor and Kelly Clarkson will perform the patrioticsongs at the second inauguration of President Obama on Jan. 21, the inauguration committee will announce today.
Beyoncé,who's also starring at the Super Bowl halftime show next month, willsing the national anthem, always a tough tune to pull off well.
Taylor, the Sweet Baby James icon of '70s folk-rock, will sing America the Beautiful.
And Clarkson, the first winner of American Idol (2002), will sing My Country, 'Tis of Thee,the song with different lyrics but the same tune as the Britishnational anthem. At the first Obama inaugural ceremony in 2009, souldiva Aretha Franklin sang it while wearing a memorable hat.
More announcements about entertainment at the inauguration are expected in coming days.
Allthis will take place during the public swearing-in ceremonies on theCapitol steps, when President Obama delivers his second inauguraladdress before a crowd likely to top more than 1 million.
Obamawill officially take the oath of office at the White House on Jan. 20,as per the Constitution, but the repeat swearing-in ceremony, theinaugural parade, the lunch with Congress and the inaugural balls willtake place on Monday.
In 2009, an estimated 1.8 million peopleturned up on the National Mall to watch the historic inauguration of thenation's first black president; this time, in light of the economicsituation, the inauguration will be more low-key, with fewer peopleexpected and only two official balls.