We reckon there might be a few sore heads in Washington DC this morning. After being officially sworn in for a second term as President of the United States (he took his oath on Sunday using Mrs O’s grandmother’s bible), yesterday Barack Obama gave his inaugural address to the nation and the world before having one helluva par-tay. Joined by the First Lady and her new bangs (why does that always sound better than fringe?), there was a whole host of A-list well-wishers joining in with the celebrations.
1. Beyonce singing the national anthem
If she was nervous, you totally couldn’t tell. Like the true pro that she is, Beyonce stood on the steps in front of the White House next to POTUS and belted out the national anthem. Now we’ve never really listened to the words (other than the bit about star spangled banners) so can’t say for sure whether she fluffed her lines, but we doubt it. Despite some issues with her in-ear monitor (which she took out halfway through – too much brass we reckon) she even finished it off in true Beyonce style with a goosebump inducing minor chord progression. Excellent work. We can’t WAIT for the Superbowl half time performance now.
2. President Obama giving a heartfelt introduction to his wife Michelle
We’ll get to their ‘first’ dance in a minute, but Barack’s introduction of his wife Michelle at the inaugural balls needs no comment from us except to say, awwwwwwwwwwww. ‘She inspires me every day. She makes me a better man and a better President. The fact that she is so devoted to taking care of our troops and our military families is just one more sign of her extraordinary love and grace and strength. I’m just lucky to have her… Some may dispute the quality of the President but nobody disputes the quality of the First Lady. Ladies and gentleman, my better half and my dance partner, Michelle Obama.’
3. Jennifer Hudson performing Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together
Following in the footsteps of her Dreamgirls co-star Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson took to the stage in a slinky black number to serenade the President and First Lady with Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together. Traditionally, POTUS and his wife always have a first dance at the inaugural ball. MO looked stunning in a red velvet and chiffon gown by one her favourite designer Jason Wu. In 2009, Beyonce had the honour, singing Etta James’ At Last. Other performances last night included Alicia Keys singing Girl on Fire.
4. Katy Perry's teeny tiny hat
Katy Perry attended the festivities yesterday with John Mayer. Looking extremely cosy together, the singer tweeted a picture of a miniature hat which she had made especially for the occasion. Why? Well, at the 2009 inauguration, Aretha Franklin drew a lot of attention not just for her vocal performance but also the giant grey bow she wore on her head. The former Mrs Brand told People.com, ‘I had it made. I thought it would be fun to do a shout-out back to four years ago.’
5. Kelly Clarkson getting a bit star-struck
Seems like hanging out with Obama, Beyonce and being photo-bombed by former President Bill Clinton is all in a days work for singer Kelly Clarkson, but that doesn’t stop the American Idol champ from feeling nervous and star-struck. She tweeted a picture of her and Beyonce laughing and captioned it, ‘Me and B just hangin' out ....don't worry about it. Seriously, God did good. She is so beautiful!’ And her performance of My Country Tis of Thee drew praise from none other than Bette Midler. Kelly responded to her tweet saying, ‘Thank you!! Girl, I was so nervous!’ Once her official singing duties were over, Kelly got to party the night away in a floral Oscar de la Renta gown at the White House no less. Nice work if you can get it, eh?!