It’s not exactly the Red Carpet ceremony, but the President’s second-term inauguration had an unmistakable Hollywood feel.
Beyonce and Jay-Z led the way as the stars turned out in force to support President Barack Obama at his inauguration on Monday. A loud cheer welcomed the 31-year-old singer and her rapper husband as they made a grand entrance at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.The pair both wore grey and had matching fur coats for the occasion and stopped to chat with Rev. Al Sharpton.After watching Obama’s second inauguration, Beyonce stepped onto the podium herself to belt out The Star Spangled Banner.
With huge emeralds glinting on her ears, and her finger, the beauty looked moved as she gave a passionate performance.She had earlier shared snaps of her rehearsals on Instagram.The singer has long been one of the President’s most high profile supporters.She wrote a letter of praise for him ahead of last November’s US presidential election, in which she credited him with inspiring the future generation, including her own daughter.She wrote: ‘Every day we see your heart and character, inspiring us to give more of ourselves. You are the leader to take us from where we are to where we need to be.
‘You are the reason my daughter and nephew will grow up knowing that they can truly be ANYTHING they want to be.’All my respect and adoration, Beyonce.’Joining Beyonce at the state event was felow singer Kelly Clarkson, who tweeted a picture of the pair together.’Me and B just hangin’ out ….don’t worry about it,’ she wrote. ‘Seriously, God did good. She is so beautiful!’Kelly once said she was a fan of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, but she says she voted for Obama twice.
‘I think it’s going to be the coolest thing ever to look back with my grandkids and go: “I was a part of that and I’m proud of that. I’m not ashamed of that,”‘ Clarkson said in a recent interview.Kelly performed My Country ‘Tis Of Thee at Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s swearing in ceremony after Obama took the oath of office.UK viewers may have found the song familiar – it is set to the British national anthem God Save The Queen.’We came up with a really cool arrangement for it and I really love the lyrics,’ Kelly said.Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Mana, Usher and Brad Paisley will later take to the stage at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball.
Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Anthony will also perform.Actress Eva Longoria was seated on the platform outside the Capitol, sharing a picture of her insiders view on Twitter.Also seated in the crowd were long-term Obama supporter, the singer Katy Perry, wearing an orange coat, and her boyfriend John Mayer.And former Boston Celtics great Bill Russell was in the crowd, too.Celebrities have been a big part of Obama’s strategy to attract voters. Bruce Springsteen is a regular supporter, as is Perry, Lena Dunham, Scarlett Johansson, Jay-Z and dozens of others.While not all of Obama’s star supporters could be present at the inauguratiuon, there were plenty of stirring tributes posted on Twitter.
Alicia Keys wrote: ‘What a powerful day!! May we all take these powerful strides and continue moving forward!! Blessings!! ‘Khloe Kardashian agreed: ‘Been up early watching the Inauguration #MLK #PresidentObama.’Olivia Wilde agreed: ‘I sincerely hope it was Mimosa Monday at the WH today.’I would be s****ing myself anyway, but still, a bubbly beta blocker is in order.’ Kelly Clarkson joking thanked the president for ‘opening’ for her. She tweeted: ‘Wow…. I was incredibly nervous and cold ha!’I just wanna officially thank President Obama for opening for me haha! Just kidding :)’
Kelly Rowland wrote: ‘The First Family look amazing! #History #Inauguration2013’ while Mandy Moore added: ‘Happy MLK Day and Inauguration Day! Can’t imagine the energy in DC… I’m excited just watching the festivities on TV. #oneforthebooks.’Also on Twitter was Alicia Keys, who wrote that she and husband Swizz Beatz were: ‘Excited 2share this incredible day w/our son!’The couple took two-year-old Egypt along with them to witness the eventful day.
‘What a powerful day!!’ wrote. Alicia. ‘May we all take these powerful strides and continue moving forward!! Blessings!!’ However, one celebrity who was left disappointed was Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder, who lost his prized ticket to the celebrations.He tweeted: ‘Ahh! Who lost his ticket w/ great seats to the Presidential Inauguration while grabbing food? THIS GUY! WTF?! BUMMMMER…’Breakfast alone in DC sans inauguration ticket.
Time to get caught up on emails and tweets i guess-Meetings later to prepare for. Fortunately, Ian was able to catch the speech on TV, writing: ‘Time to get some major major stuff done Mr.President. Enjoy a day off sir,there will not be many more for 4 years!’Beyonce’s singer sister Solange showed her support, writing: ‘I couldn’t be more proud on this day.’Maria Shriver, estranged wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger and a Kennedy by birth, tweeted: ‘Wow, Beyonce!’Her work brought her here, as did Kelly Clarkson’s. Hard work pays off. Greatest country on earth. – DailyMail