Aretha Franklin (2009)
In 2009, Aretha Franklin belted "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" at President Obama's inauguration from the Capitol steps, the opposite side end of the national mall from where, 46 years earlier, Martin Luther King Jr. quoted the song in his "I Have a Dream" speech. It was a frigid 28 degrees that day, a factor Franklin later said affected her voice. "Mother Nature was not very kind to me. I'm going to deal with her when I get home. It, by no means, was my standard. I was not happy with it," she later told Larry King, adding, "I was delighted and thrilled to be there. That was the most important thing, not so much the performance, but just to be there and to see this great man go into office – the promise of tomorrow coming to pass."