Beyonce Sings Stirring National Anthem at Barack Obama Inauguration

Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé

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updated 01/21/2013 AT 12:35 PM ET

originally published 01/21/2013 AT 12:05 PM ET

After being sworn into office during a private ceremony on Sunday, President Barack Obama publicly began his second term during Monday’s presidential Inauguration on the Capitol Steps.

With the crowd – which was estimated at roughly 800,000 people – chanting “O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!” the President began his address.

“My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment,” he said, “and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.”

Beyoncé closed out the 57th inaugural ceremony with an a powerful rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” – while wearing a chiffon-and-velvet Emilio Pucci gown with a pair of 80-carat emerald earrings and a 50-carat emerald ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

And Kelly Clarkson performed a stirring “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” accompanied by the United States Marine Band.


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