Guest Author - Sarah Spann
History will be made on Tuesday at noon when Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44thPresident of the United States of America – becoming the first African-American to hold the office. Millions of people are expected to descend upon Washington D.C. to take part in the historic celebration – from the inauguration ceremony and the parade to the numerous inaugural balls. As history is written, moment by moment, we find that pop music has found its way onto the pages of this historic event. One of pop music’s very own reigning queens, none other than the ever fabulous Beyoncé, will be kicking things off and getting the party started when she performs at the Neighborhood Ball. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will make their first stop of the evening at the Washington Convention Center for the Neighborhood Ball where Beyoncé has been tapped to sing as the couple steps onto the dance floor for the traditional first dance as President and First Lady.
While the Presidential Inaugural Committee had stated that they hoped the title of the song would be a surprise staying under wraps until Beyoncé opens her mouth to sing the tune on inauguration night, it appears B’s excitement wouldn’t quite allow her to stay mum. In a statement released on Friday the presidential songstress said: "I am so honored that I will be performing for President Obama and the first lady. To sing 'At Last' while they have their first dance is a dream come true. I could not be more honored and excited that they have asked me to be part of this moment in history."
Etta James’ “At Last” is a time-honored classic that has spanned the generations as a favorite among music lovers and musicians alike. The song has been played at countless weddings, attempted at numerous American Idol auditions, and covered by some of pop music’s brightest stars. Beyoncé herself recently covered the song in the film “Cadillac Records” where she steps into the shoes of a blues legend playing the part of Etta James.
As the President and First Lady glide across the dance floor during their first dance, even those who didn’t score tickets to the ball can watch Beyoncé serenade the couple when ABC broadcasts from the ball Tuesday night. Other famous faces expected to hit the stage at the Neighborhood Ball include Beyoncé ‘s husband Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, and Mary J. Blige.
Beyoncé, an early supporter of Barack Obama during the election season, is currently riding the success of her latest album I Am… Sasha Fierce – currently holding steady in the #4 spot on the Billboard Albums chart. Her most recent single from the album "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" is currently rocking the #2 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.