The eyes of the nation will be trained on Washington, D.C. today as President Obama takes the oath of office to kick off his second term. The inauguration activities have been going on all weekend, but you can watch today's historic events from the nation's capital right here. The inauguration events begin at 11:30 a.m. ET.
From Beyoncé's highly-anticipated performance of the National Anthem, to Kelly Clarkson's take on "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and James Taylor's pass at "America the Beautiful," the day will be filled with activities celebrating the kick-off to Obama's next four years in office.
The prime slot of Beyoncé will amount to a command performance for the singer, who was on hand at Obama's 2009 inauguration to sing Etta James' "At Last" for the president and first lady's first official dance. It's no surprise that the Super Bowl halftime star will be on hand again, as she and hubby Jay-Z have become friendly with the first couple over the past four years.
There will also be musical selections from the United States Marine Band and the kids of PS 22 from Staten Island, New York. And while Obama is already technically sworn-in (the official ceremony took place indoors in the White House's Blue Room the day before the national celebration) the commander-in-chief will once again take oath of office on both a bible owned by President Lincoln, as well as a second bible owned by the late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
While more than 1.8 million crowded into the National Mall to view the first, historic inauguration of the country's first black president, officials estimate that somewhere between 600,000 to 800,000 will attend today's event.
Obama will cap things off with his inaugural address, which will be followed by an inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and the commander in chief's Inaugural Ball honoring members of the military.
The Ball will cap a weekend of events that includes performances from Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Usher, Fun., Stevie Wonder, 2 Chainz, Brandy, Pharrell, will.i.am, John Legend, Common, Flo Rida, Ke$ha, Mindless Behavior, Nick Cannon, the cast of "Glee" and Marc Anthony.
MTV News is on the ground in D.C. for Inauguration Weekend bringing you the latest from the presidential events, performances and parties right through the official swearing-in today. And although the election's over, you can still get involved by heading over to serve.mtv.com.