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MANILA, Philippines - As if Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration on January 21 (January 22 Manila time) wasn’t star-spangled enough, the ceremony was graced by celebrities in support of the newly-re-elected US President.
The honor of singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the US National Anthem, was given to Beyoncé, who arrived on the scene with husband Jay-Z.
Tumultuous applause greeted her graceful rendition, which she began softly and sweetly, climaxing with powerful, soaring notes carried by her distinct voice. Towards the end of the song, it became evident that she was experiencing technical difficulties with her ear-piece, forcing her to take them off. But this hiccup didn’t stop her from powering on.
James Taylor, another Grammy-winning artist, gave a more low-key — but no less powerful — performance, singing “America the Beautiful” accompanied by his own guitar-playing.
American Idol Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson bestowed the crowd and the new President with a rousing performance of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” After her performance, a grateful President Obama kissed her on the cheek. Later on, a photo of the moment was posted on Clarkson’s Facebook with the caption, “Maybe the coolest photo I’ve ever been in… ever.”
Katy Perry, who sang at the inaugural children’s concert the night before, showed up with John Mayer. The two playfully took photos of each other and chatted with fans. “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria and rapper Kesha were in the crowd, too.
Even more stars will appear on the evening of January 21 (January 22 Manila time), with Usher, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Soundgarden, and more joining the celebration. - Rappler.com
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