By Jim Johnson

The Presidential Inauguration will be held in Washington DC on Monday, January 21, 2013. A week of festivities will include the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Inaugural Parade and numerous inaugural balls and galas honoring the elected President of the United States. The official theme for the 2013 inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future,” commemorating the United States’ perseverance and unity, marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863.

Some of the performers for the cermony have just been announced.  Beyonce has been tapped to sing the National Anthem, kicking off a pretty intense couple of weeks for her as Bey will also be the featured entertainer at the halftime show of this year’s Super Bowl.  Kelly Clarkson, winner of the first season of American Idol, will be singing  “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” which soul icon Aretha Franklin memorably sang at Obama’s first inauguration.  (Remember the hat?)

Getty Images/Paul J. Richards

Getty Images/Paul J. Richards

Singer James Taylor will also be on hand to sing “America the Beautiful”.  A song he’s performed many times including at the National Press Club Luncheon. You can watch the video here

Jim Johnson / 104.3 WOMC


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