Music From 2013's Presidential Inauguration Weekend
By Andrew Villagomez
Kicking off the Presidential Inauguration weekend this Saturday was the Kids' Inaugural Concert. No it was not an event brought on by Nickelodeon, but hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Vice President's wife Jill Biden to celebrate the country's military families from various stations and bases in the country. The first lady said that although the inauguration was a "pretty big deal," her favorite part of the entire weekend was being there with all the families.
"When I think about what makes America great, I think about you, our men and women in uniform, our military spouses and our military kids," she said as introduced some of the line up which included Usher, Katy Perry, and members from Glee. "They are not here for me, they are here for you because they know the kind of sacrifices you make every day," she added. Other performers included the Far East Movement, Nick Cannon, DJ D-Nice, Black Violin, iLuminate and Mindless Behavior.
View Glee's Naya Rivera, Amber Riley, and Darren Criss sing "Valerie," "Beautiful," and "Not Alone" (an original song by Darren), and Katy Perry sing "Firework" below:
On Inauguration Day, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer James Taylor performed "America the Beautiful." Following President Barack Obama being sworn into his second term as President, and his moving and pro-equality inaugural address, Kelly Clarkson came on and beautifully performed "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)":
After Poet Richard Blanco delivered the inaugural poem, the first Latino and gay man to do so, Beyoncé took the mic to sing the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner":
By sunset, it was time for the Inaugural Ball which featured Jennifer Hudson performing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" as the President and First Lady danced the first dance of the night, and Alicia Keys sang a tweeked rendition to "Girl On Fire" which include lyric changes such as "Obama's on fire" in the chorus: