Beyoncé was among those honoring Barack Obama’s second term at today’s 57th Presidential Inauguration, delivering a graceful version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Inaugural Ceremony. The singer kept it airy and soothing for most of the song before bursting open for a powerful finish. Beyoncé dealt with some sort of technical difficulty, removing her earpiece, though she recovered nicely. James Taylor offered a shimmering, touching rendition of “America the Beautiful,” and Kelly Clarkson joined the celebration, singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”
Tonight’s inaugural celebrations feature Alicia Keys, Usher, Soundgarden, Stevie Wonder, fun. and more.