Obama's sworn in for a second term
January 21 not only marks the celebration of the numerous accomplishments Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had over the span of his life, but it is also the day that President Obama was sworn into office for his second term. During his inauguration, Obama faced the Lincolnâ Memorial, the spot where King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech approximatelyâ 50 years ago.
The momentous occasion is being celebrated around the nation and in Washington, D.C. and a slew of world-renowned musical acts will take the stage to commemorate Obama's second term and the triumphs of King. BET reports countless celebrities are in the nation's capitol to help celebrate Obama's second term. Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson were recently added to a list of artists set to sing during the two Inaugural Balls taking place Monday night.
The Commander-in-Chief Ball is set to honor members of the Armed Forces and their families and will feature performances by Foxx, Hudson, Alicia Keys, Marc Anthony, Brad Paisley and Chris Cornell. The second ball, dubbed the Inaugural Ball, will feature even more musicians. Here, guests will get to listen to Keys, Usher, John Legend, Katy Perry, Far East Movement, fun., Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder and the cast of "Glee."
Long-time Obama supporter Beyonce hit the high notes on the stairs of the Capitol, along with Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor. Bey sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," Taylor performed "America the Beautiful" and Clarkson belted out "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)."
Beyonce has been prepping for her inauguration performance for weeks. The crooner took to her Instagram page on January 21 to show off her excitement. In the two pictures, Beyonce is seen holding lyric sheets for "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Did you watch the inauguration? Did you enjoy the various musical performances?