Beyonce Flops as Kelly Clarkosn and Brookyln Tabernacle brought down the house at Obama inaugural

The singers cut through the constant drone of the day and breathed new life into classics like ‘My Country ’Tis Of Thee,’ ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic.’ The selections, predictable as they were, inspired a sense of unity and felt especially poignant on a day set aside to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King

Divided as the country may be, Beyonce's rousing rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" made us feel as though we were on all the same side for a moment.

Divided as the country may be, Beyonce’s somehow rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” made us feel as though we were on all the same side for a moment.  Though critics believe it was not on of her best renditions of the U.S Anthem but she at least had her moments. You could feel her heartbeat right from your t.v screens.

You could have guessed the set list for President Obama’s inauguration ceremony Monday.

“The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “My Country ’Tis Of Thee,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

You might not have guessed that songs we’ve heard a thousand times could sound so reborn or could have so elevated the historic day.


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Kelly Clarkson‘s rise from a teen waitress to an international superstar who helped inaugurate the President is a powerful reminder of the American dream. 

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé cut through TV’s blizzard of noise, carving out a small, welcome space where everyone could exhale and maybe even remember what Inauguration Day is really about.


Throughout the day, as America’s 44th President was formally sworn in for a second term, the country’s 224-year history of peaceful elections and transitions of executive power — unthinkable in Europe in 1789 — was acknowledged by many, from Obama to the most incidental cable TV partisan.

But words get swallowed on TV, which is the first reason it felt so refreshing when a song began and the talk stopped. This didn’t only lower the volume; it brought us back to the reason we were there. In this place, on a day also set aside for remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Clarkson’s closing line of “let freedom ring” had a nice resonance.


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The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir brought the house down with “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” 


And by the way, if you ever start declaring the American dream is dead, here was a woman who was a teenage waitress when she auditioned for a TV talent show. A decade later she’s helping inaugurate the President.

The national anthem takes a lot of hits, musically. Clunky, hard to sing. But when Beyoncé sang it Monday, with all that history over her shoulder, ’fess up: It was hard not to feel that at least for those couple of minutes, everyone who was listening was on the same side.

Militant abolitionist Julia Ward Howe composed “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in November 1861, weeks into the Civil War. It’s one of the most ferocious songs ever written, full of fiery wrath and righteous vengeance.

Somehow it is also one of the most beautiful: “He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.”

It is an image that challenges us to rise and meet it. Inauguration Day could do a whole lot worse.

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