It will be a busy four weeks for Beyonce, who will be performing at her second presidential inauguration before hitting the stage at the 2013 Super Bowl in February.
Beyonce sparked a bit of controversy with Etta James after Beyonce sang James’ hit “At Last” for the first dance between President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at his 2009 Inaugural Ball. James was disappointed the president opted for the pop star instead of the soulful singer who originally sang the song.
This time, there’s no controversy, and really no surprise, either. Beyonce will lead the performances with a rendition of the National Anthem. Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor will also perform at the event, with Clarkson singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and Taylor performing “America the Beautiful.” No word on whether the inauguration will involve her rapper husband Jay-Z, who performed at an Obama campaign event in Ohio right before the election.
The event will not be as star-studded as it was the first time around in 2009. Obama is changing his approach for his second inauguration with a smaller ceremony which will be partially funded by corporations such as AT&T and Microsoft. No matter for Beyonce, though. She’ll get plenty of exposure at her next big event after the Jan. 21 inauguration in Washington.
Beyonce’s next gig comes in the Big Easy when she hits the stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans at Super Bowl 47 on Feb 3. The singer teased her fans with a possible hint of what the show may contain when she posted a photo of a person that appears to be her playing the saxophone on her Tumblr. There are other women with instruments in the same photo as well, and other photos from her website show several of her band members playing guitars and using backup singers.
Whether the black and white photo is from a Super Bowl rehearsal or from a recording for her fifth studio album is unknown. CBS is excited to have Beyonce performing on its network at the Super Bowl and said the NFL suggested her for the job. Pop music has struggled to make a resurgence ever since the famous wardrobe malfunction between Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson from the 2004 Super Bowl. But CBS CEO Les Moonves says with Beyonce at the height of her musical career along with the family image she promotes with husband Jay-Z and baby, there was no better time to schedule her for the performance.