WATCH: Beyoncé Sings The National Anthem at President Obama’s Second Inauguration

In which Barack Obama opens for Beyoncé Knowles:

Joe Biden enjoyed her performance:

Recently, the White House removed a petition from their “We the People” website that called for Beyoncé to be barred from performing at Monday’s inauguration ceremony due to her business relationship with Pepsi:

Along with having raised millions of dollars for the president’s reelection campaign and having performed at other Obama-related events, Beyoncé also sang Etta James‘ “At Last” during Michelle and Barack Obama’s first slow dance as First Couple:

On a related note, here’s Beyoncé playing Etta James in the 2008 film Cadillac Records:

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