The President and First Lady Dance with Beyoncé
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.
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