By Nia Hightower, DC Music Live
Think inauguration weekend is just about politics? Guess again. It’s all about the music.
When President Obama takes the oath of office for a second term on Jan. 21 his ceremony will include music from the likes of Kelly Clarkson, James Taylor and Beyoncé.
Between her GQ magazine photo shoot and Super Bowl halftime performance plans, Beyoncé managed to fit in some rehearsal time for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which she will sing during Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. Clarkson will perform “My Country ’Tis of Thee,” and Taylor will song “America the Beautiful.”
“Vice President Biden and I are honored to have these wonderfully talented musical artists perform at the Inaugural ceremony,” Obama said in a statement released after the singers were announced earlier this month. “Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country.”
This week, he also released his inaugural playlist on Spotify, sharing music from the plethora of musicians who’ll be featured during official events.
Check out more music from Obama’s Official Inauguration
and Campaign 2012 playlists on Spotify.
Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Marc Anthony will perform at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, where Obama and Biden will honor the men and women of the armed forces and their families. For members and families on military installations, the ball will air live on the Pentagon Channel, Monday after 6 p.m. once the entertainment begins.
Keys and Paisley will make their rounds again that same night performing at the Inaugural Ball with Black Violin, Far East Movement, FUN., members from the Glee cast, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maná, Smokey Robinson, Soundgarden, Stevie Wonder and Usher. D-Nice will DJ the event, which will use every hall in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
On Jan. 19, First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden will host the Kids’ Inaugural for America concert for children and families as part of their ongoing commitment to our military families. Soul Children of Chicago and Mindless Behavior are among the acts performing during the Saturday evening event.
Earlier that day, Ben Folds and Yolanda Adams will perform during the National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall.
“We are honored and excited to have such a diverse, talented group of musical guests joining Americans from across the country to celebrate the 57th Inauguration,” says Steve Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.