What will hosting a $40,000-a-plate fundraiser for the President get you? An iconic moment in history, it turns out. Beyoncé Knowles, who helped raise $4 million for President Obama’s reelection campaign when she hosted an event with her husband, Jay-Z, in September, will sing the national anthem at the January 21 inauguration ceremony, it was announced late yesterday.
Folk singer-singwriter James Taylor will also perform “America the Beautiful,” while pop singer and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson will sing “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” at the Capitol.
Taylor is also known for his outspoken support of the President—in an event late last year at the National Press Club he described Obama as a “wonderful President,” and has stumped for him on numerous occasions, playing five free concerts in North Carolina during the 2008 campaign.
Clarkson’s political views, meanwhile, are best known for a December 2011 tweet supporting Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, although she later stated that she “voted for Barack” during both elections.