Watch Beyoncé Smash the National Anthem

Beyoncé at President Obama’s Second Inauguration

Your musical guests at President Obama’s second inauguration also included James Taylor, who wore a fleece under his suit, and noted Republican Kelly Clarkson, who overcame a less-than-ideal performance slot — right after the Obama speech — with a solid but not-too-showy (until the third verse) “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.” But Beyoncé was the big name, and Beyoncé had the big, difficult song — which, being Beyoncé, she nailed, even as her earpiece malfunctioned halfway through. In the pantheon of Great National Anthem performances, by the time Bey got to “waaaaave,” with the melisma and the “I did it” smile, and the entire National Mall cheering. And Biden making Biden faces? Yeah, this has to be top five! Kudos to Beyoncé!

Beyonce Sings the National Anthem at the 2013 Inauguration of Barack Obama