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From Dylan to Beyonce: Most Legendary Inauguration Performances

Trump’s inaugural weekend may not go down as a star-studded affair, but past presidents have certainly celebrated with style

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Going back to at least the 1940s, when Mickey Rooney played piano at Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1941 inauguration, marquee stars have clamored to perform at galas and celebrations that commemorate an incoming president and the peaceful transfer of power. This year, Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood and 16-year-old Jackie Evancho, among others, will sing at events marking the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. Here, we look back at notable performances, from Linda Ronstadt regaling Jimmy Carter with "Crazy" to Beyoncé singing the National Anthem for Obama, over the decades.

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Kelly Clarkson (2013)

Tacking on to the star power of having Beyoncé sing "The Star-Spangled" banner, Obama also hosted Kelly Clarkson at the public inaugural ceremony ahead of his second term. She belted "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," which had previously been performed by Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin at the 2009 inaugural ceremony. During election season, Clarkson had gotten heat for being a public supporter of Libertarian Ron Paul, but she later confirmed that she cast her vote for Barack Hussein Obama. Due to the controversy surrounding Beyoncé's decision to lip-sync to a pre-recorded track, Clarkson's decision to sing live had the media pitting the talented singers against one another following the ceremony.

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Beyonce (2013)

Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z are quite possibly the two celebrities most associated with President Barack Obama, his campaigns and his two terms as POTUS. During his first inauguration weekend in 2009, she performed "America the Beautiful" and covered Etta James' "At Last" for the First Couple's first inaugural ball. She was a public supporter of Obama's bid for reelection and got the distinct honor of performing the National Anthem after he took his second oath. The pop megastar, however, courted controversy for the reverent performance because she used a pre-recorded track to which she lip-synced at the event. During a press conference prior to her Super Bowl halftime show a month later, she sang the song live for the journalists in the room, explaining that she had decided to not sing live that day because she is a "perfectionist" and did not have a chance to properly rehearse with the orchestra. "I'm very proud of my performance," she added.

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