Beyonce Inauguration Performance: Sings National Anthem for President Barack Obama [Photo, Video]
on Jan 21, 2013 02:02 PM EST
For President Barack Obama's second inauguration, Beyoncé proudly took the podium to sing America’s most favorite tune --The National Anthem!
With a laundry list of huge TV appearances scheduled for 2013, the 31-year-old singer is already off to a running start.
For the chill-inducing performance, Beyoncé graced the stage in an elegant black sequined gown by Emilio Pucci, emerald jewels by Lorraine Schwartz and a black Christian Dior coat.
Beyoncé removed her ear piece, signaling a possible problem with the audio, but even with sound issues, the singer was able to belt her way through, drawing cheers from the crowd of thousands.
The inauguration is the first of many high profile performances for the star. Beyoncé will take over the Pepsi’ sponsored NFL halftime show on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. The performance will feature a reunion with her Destiny Child band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
A source close to the "Love on Top" singer said she wouldn't have felt "right" to perform at the annual show that is watched by millions without help from her "girls."
"It seemed to her that it wasn't right to have this grand stage without the help from the girls she loves and grew up with both professionally in the group and as friends," an insider told Hollywood Life. "She would have it no other way and is super excited over the reunion."
This will be the trio’s first public performance since 2006. The group will sing “Nuclear,” a new track from their fifth studio album set for release on Jan. 29.
For President Obama’s first dance at the inaugural ball in 2009, the “Run the World” singer was on hand to serenade the first couple with “At Last” by Etta James.
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