Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson to Perform at Inauguration

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President Obama kicks off his second term with musical performances by an American Idol, a R&B queen and a revered singer-songwriter.

No stranger to today's pop hits, President Obama has personally selected the musical performers for his Jan. 21 inauguration.

Returning to the D.C. stage: Beyonce and James Taylor, both Obama supporters since 2008. Also set to perform is Kelly Clarkson, who endorsed the President in late 2012 after first supporting Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.

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Obama's first inauguration included performances by Bono, Sheryl Crow, and Mary J. Blige. For his second term, the POTUS will follow a patriotic theme. In a released statement, Obama said: "Vice President Biden and I are honored to have these wonderfully talented musical artists perform at the Inaugural ceremony. Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country."

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Beyonce, who sang Etta James' "At Last" for the President and First Lady's first dance in 2009, and will perform at the Super Bowl a couple weeks later, will belt "The Star Spangled Banner" this year. Clarkson is scheduled to perform "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and Taylor will take on "America the Beautiful" at the event. 

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