Gay idol Kelly Clarkson to perform at Obama inauguration

Gay rights champion and lesbian icon Kelly Clarkson joins Beyoncé and James Taylor at US President's inauguration ceremony

Gay idol Kelly Clarkson to perform at Obama inauguration
10 January 2013

Pop star and gay rights champion Kelly Clarkson has been chosen to perform at US President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony.

The American Idol winner will sing ‘My Country Tis of Thee’ at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC on 21 January.

She will be joined by R&B superstar Beyoncé, who will sing the national anthem, and James Taylor performing ‘America the Beautiful’.

Despite admitting she was a Republican at heart, Clarkson said she would vote for Democrat Obama over his support for gay marriage.

The leader won the closely fought race to the White House in November 2012 and was personally involved in choosing the artists who would perform at the ceremony which officially marks the beginning of his second term in office.

President Obama said: ‘Vice President Biden and I are honored to have these wonderfully talented musical artists perform at the inaugural ceremony.

‘Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country.’

The Stronger singer has had rumors surrounding her sexuality for years and admits she gets hit on by the ‘hottest’ lesbians, despite being engaged to fiancé Brandon Blackstock.

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