Monday, January 21, 2013

Beyonce At President Obama's 2nd Inauguration!







Beyoncé performs the national anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration for Barack Obama.
Beyoncé performs the national anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration for Barack Obama. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
And now the freshly-inaugurated President Obama goes off into the Captiol to sign the official nominations of John Kerry as secretary of state, Jack Lew as treasury secretary, and Chuck Hagel as defence secretary, among others.
As he does so, Obama jests that he is declaring "Peace on earth and goodwill towards men."
Official confirmation of Beyoncé's awesomeness, from Barack Obama's presidential election-winning strategist:





One question still to be answered: why did she rip out her ear piece half way through? Too much Marine band playback?
As for the word-count:





Beyoncé is awesome. End of story.
The effect is broken – about three seconds after Beyoncé finishes – by the Marine band playing some Souza ompah stuff.
On C-Span's feed, Obama lingered on stage to take a long look out at the Mall. "I want to look out one more time because I'll never see this again," he can be heard saying. (Not true of course, I'm sure Malia will invite him to her inauguration in 2037.)





President Obama greets Beyonce after she performed the National Anthem
President Obama greets Beyonce after she performed the National Anthem Photograph: Win McNamee/Pool/Reuters
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Beyoncé sings the national anthem

Now the moment we've all been waiting for: the first lady of music sings one of the hardest songs to pull off, the Star Spangled Banner.
It's almost impossible to do well but if anyone can it's Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter.






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UK: The Independent - Beyoncé's bold performance steals Obama's inauguration show

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Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” this time, she still inevitably stopped the show.

Whether at Glastonbury or her nation’s capital, Beyoncé’s performances are designed to be projected through big screens, allowing close-up shows of physicality and emotion. From the actorly glance of stern pensiveness before her muffled beginning, to the triumphantly tossed-back head as she bellowed her big finish, her gaze on the camera never faltered.

Preceding her, James Taylor’s “America the Beautiful” had a wandering, folk frailty – it could have been the veteran left-wing patriot Pete Seeger up there. Kelly Clarkson’s “My Country, ’Tis of Thee” was blowsily overblown in TV talent-show style, missing every mark of emotion.

They were all just warm-up acts for Beyoncé.

As her bold vocal surge subsided, Mr Obama must momentarily have felt like one too.



BrisbaneTimes - Beyonce closes US President Obama’s second inauguration with an impassioned version of the national anthem.

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Pitchfork - Watch Beyoncé Sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Obama's Second Inauguration


 
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Beyoncé performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at President Obama's second inauguration this afternoon, and it seems fair to take VP Joe Biden's delighted reaction as a measure of how well she nailed it. She earned her sister's respect anyhow: "I couldn't be more proud on this day," Solange tweeted.

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BuzzFeed - The 22 Most Fabulous Beyonce Moments From The Inauguration

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WashingtonPost - The only voice that really soared at midday was Beyonce’s, while singing the national anthem.

Houston Chronicle - Beyoncé nails national anthem wearing Pucci

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HuffPost - Beyonce Nails National Anthem With Hot Orange Manicure At The 2013 Inauguration

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Vulture - Watch Beyoncé Smash the National Anthem




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But Beyoncé was the big name, and Beyoncé had the big, difficult song — which, being Beyoncé, she nailed, even as her earpiece malfunctioned halfway through.



SPIN - Watch Beyonce's Amazing, Obama-Inaugurating 'Star-Spangled Banner'

Gawker - Beyoncé, President of the United Beyoncés, Rips Out Earpiece Mid-Song and Still Delivers Flawless Performance

Glamour - Want the Details On Beyonce's Inauguration Nails?




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ICYMI, Beyonce performed an utterly amazing rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at this morning's 57th Presidential Inauguration ceremony.


Australia: The Australians - Beyonce cheered for inauguration anthem


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BEYONCE drew a loud cheer at President Barack Obama's second inauguration even before her impressive rendition of the national anthem.

The applause started when she took her place with Jay-Z at the Capitol to watch Obama take the oath before hundreds of thousands of people.


James Taylor kicked off the musical performances, strumming his guitar and singing America the Beautiful.

Kelly Clarkson followed with an unusual arrangement of My Country 'Tis of Thee.

Then Beyonce was introduced, and the crowd again roared its approval.

The pop goddess may have been the star musical attraction, but she had plenty of company from Hollywood at the Capitol.



RollingStone - Beyonce Delivers National Anthem at Obama's Inauguration



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Beyoncé was among those honoring Barack Obama's second term at today's 57th Presidential Inauguration, delivering a graceful version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Inaugural Ceremony. The singer kept it airy and soothing for most of the song before bursting open for a powerful finish. Beyoncé dealt with some sort of technical difficulty, removing her earpiece, though she recovered nicely.





Idolator - Beyonce Slays The National Anthem At President Obama’s Inauguration: Review Revue



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As much as we’d like to pretend that we were tuning into President Barack Obama‘s Inauguration Ceremony for the pageantry and the historical significance…well, we’re gonna be honest. We probably would’ve slept in and missed the whole thing if it weren’t for the fact that Beyonce was scheduled to sing the National Anthem.

But after Bey gave such a walloping performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” we felt OK about our lowbrow tendencies. She struck that delicate balance between restraint and runs, and you could appreciate the power of her performance from the faces of VP Joe Biden and others seated behind her. Clearly, we weren’t the only ones who loved it. Head below to see how the rest of the web reacted.


:: Rolling Stone lauded the unflappable B: “The singer kept it airy and soothing for most of the song before bursting open for a powerful finish. Beyoncé dealt with some sort of technical difficulty, removing her earpiece, though she recovered nicely.”

:: Vulture thinks it was a top-tier performance of the difficult song: “Beyoncé had the big, difficult song — which, being Beyoncé, she nailed, even as her earpiece malfunctioned halfway through. In the pantheon of Great National Anthem performances, it wasn’t close to Whitney (what could be?), and it wasn’t as cool as Marvin Gaye, but by the time Bey got to ‘waaaaave,’ with the melisma and the ‘I did it’ smile? And the entire National Mall cheering? And Biden making Biden faces? Yeah, this has to be top five.”

:: Spin seems to agree with Vulture: It was “a suave, evocative rendition of a notoriously difficult tune — not quite Whitney-Houston-in-1991 levels of superlativeness, perhaps, but definitely part of the same conversation.”



:: MTV called it an “emotional, diva-fied version of the national anthem.”

:: Across the pond, the Guardian said Bey “roused the Washington crowd…with a soaring performance.”

:: BuzzFeed summed it up thusly: “Wow, just wow.”

:: And, finally, we have TMZ. The site facetiously asked “Did Beyonce Butcher the National Anthem?” To which they answered, “NO. OF COURSE NOT. IT WAS F**KING AWESOME.”




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NY Post - Beyonce stuns with impressive anthem at inauguration


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After President Obama was sworn in for a second term, Beyonce showed why she’s Queen B with a flawless rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Her style stunned too: She was impeccably glam in a Christian Dior coat and shoes, flowing Pucci gown and Lorraine Schwartz emerald earrings. Hubby Jay-Z, — watching proudly from the front row — wore head-to-toe Tom Ford.

The anthem was something of a repeat performance, since Beyonce sang “At Last” for the first couple at a 2008 inauguration ball.



WashingtonPost - Beyonce, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, more stars at Capitol for inauguration along with politicians


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Beyonce drew a loud cheer from the audience Monday even before her impressive rendition of the national anthem.

The applause started when she took her place with Jay-Z at the Capitol to watch President Barack Obama take the oath for his second term in office. The two stopped to chat with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Beyonce had a definite fan in Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who applauded eagerly after she finished singing the national anthem. She offered R&B-esque vocal riffs as she sang on and the crowd seemed to love it, cheering loudly as she finished. Clarkson, too, hit high notes.






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Stats -

There were over 23,000 tweets for Beyonce even before her performance. What if Beyonce had shown up with bangs? You think Twitter would have gone down?


Barack who!? Pols fawn over Beyoncé, Jay-Z at inaugural

  • Last Updated: 3:16 AM, January 22, 2013
  • Posted: 12:51 AM, January 22, 2013
Washington’s power brokers were star struck yesterday — not by the president or first lady but by the entertainment world’s first couple, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Fawning politicians scrambled for the their cellphones to snap photos of the sexy siren and her hip-hop-mogul hubby at President Obama’s inauguration.
It was as if Obama was playing second fiddle at his own party.
Among those swooning was Rep. Peter King, the Long Island Republican who normally spends his time railing against terrorists. He was caught snapping Beyoncé as she and Jay-Z strolled out of the Capitol — right past him — to take their seats.
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STARS & STRIPES:Jay-Z and Beyoncé steal the show yesterday while heading to their seats outside the Capitol.
PHOTOS: OBAMA'S SECOND INAUGURATION
“She’s been after me for years,” King joked.
“I was in a good location, and just for historical record, anybody who looked important I took a picture of,” said King, who was using his BlackBerry.
“I didn’t know the guy beside her, Jay-Z.”
Likewise, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan and Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California posed for pictures with Beyoncé and Jay-Z on the dais.
But it was the crowd in the cheap seats outside the Capitol that set the tone, greeting the stars with a loud cheer as they came into sight.
And when Beyoncé walked to the front to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Vice President Joe Biden gave her an appreciative look up and down.
Behind Biden, ex-President Bill Clinton craned his neck to get a better look at her.
Twitter exploded with Beyoncé-mania as she belted out the anthem, leaving Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas clapping vigorously and fans on the Mall demanding an encore.
“One nation under Beyoncé,” tweeted Ronan Farrow, son of actress Mia Farrow.
“American Idol” alumnus Todrick Hall posted, “How nice of Obama to show up to the Beyoncé concert.”
Beyonce’s performance came after James Taylor sang “America the Beautiful,” and Kelly Clarkson gave a rendition of “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”
“Wow ....I was incredibly nervous and cold ha! I just wanna officially thank President Obama for opening for me haha! Just kidding :),” Clarkson tweeted afterward.



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