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President Obama has selected a spectacularly all-American trio of artists to play his second inauguration. The President, who’s second term officially begins on January 21, has picked Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor to perform at the celebration, along with poet Richard Blanco. Via BBC:

Blanco, 44, will be the youngest-ever inaugural poet and the first Hispanic or gay writer to take the role, according to organisers.

Mr Obama said: “Richard’s writing will be wonderfully fitting for an inaugural that will celebrate the strength of the American people and our nation’s great diversity.”

For the musical segments, Beyonce will sing the national anthem, Clarkson will perform My Country Tis of Thee and Taylor will give his rendition of America the Beautiful.

Beyonce and Taylor both played at Obama’s first inaugural ball in 2009.




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