President Obama's second Inauguration didn't feature as many huge names as did his first, but three of music's top names still represented with performances of America's greatest hits.
One of those names was Beyonce, who closed the show with a note-perfect rendition of the national anthem. Clad in a custom black velvet cutout Pucci dress as well as big, sparkly green Lorraine Schwartz earrings, Beyonce sang a slightly slower-paced version of the song, making every note count and repeating "the home of the brave" twice.
Solange, who performed in Berlin Sunday night, made sure she didn't miss her sister Beyonce's special moment. "I couldn't be more proud on this day," she tweeted shortly after Bey's performance.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer James Taylor was the first musician to perform during the ceremony. He accompanied himself on acoustic guitar and sang a brief, simple version of "America the Beautiful." Next up was Kelly Clarkson, who turned in a masterful performance of "My Country 'Tis of Thee."
Billboard reports that four years ago, when Beyonce performed Etta James' classic "At Last" at Obama's first Inaugural Ball, her studio recording of the number, which had been released in 2008, experienced a 1,318% sales gain, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It will be interesting to see if Beyonce, Kelly and James experience sales increases of their catalog due to their Monday performances.
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