Beyonce’s Breathtaking Inauguration National Anthem Performance Style

Beyonce sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
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You guys watched Beyonce’s national anthem performance for President Barack Obama’s 2013 Inauguration Ceremony, right? We expected to be blown away by Bey’s celebratory “Star-Spangled Banner,” but very little could have been done to prepare us for the complete and total leveling she would do on that inaugural stage. Her performance itself was an elegant balance of staying true to the melody and to her own voice, with flourishes in all the right places and all that patented Beyonce POWER soaring notes up, electrifying the air above the Capitol and throughout the National Mall. Accordingly, her performance ensemble echoed that symmetry of taste. Bey appeared both reverent and glamorous in her National Anthem outfit from the top of her expertly coiffed head to the bottom of her floor-length gown.

Jay-Z and Beyonce arrive at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
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Beyonce wore a black, long-sleeved Emilio Pucci dress covered in glittering velvet damask. The gown featured a demure high neckline, a kind of hybrid between a crewneck and a bateau, and a mini, blink-and-you-might’ve-missed-it sheer cape on the back. When not on stage, Beyonce kept warm in a plushy Christian Dior coat and on the arm of her sharply dressed husband Jay-Z. If you’re keeping score, Jay wore a sharp, gray Tom Ford suit with a light blue shirt and soft blue solid tie, a contrast hemmed scarf, and what look like slightly tinted, dark-rimmed aviator glasses.

Beyonce’s hair was parted deep on her left side and styled into Old Hollywood, glamour girl curls, but not too done-up as to seem stiff or forced. No helmet hair for this girl. This same kind of next-level natural steez was applied to the rest of her beauty look from her simple-yet-precise winged cat-eye and her beautiful bronze glow to her even rose blush lip color and vibrant solid tangerine orange nails. We’d also like to point out that not only were those giant emerald Lorraine Schwartz baubles (starburst earrings and a cocktail ring) jaw-droppingly gorgeous, but they also exactly matched the bit of green electric tape on Bey’s microphone. We refuse to chalk that up to coincidence.

We leave you with this image of Beyonce (post-ripping out her ear piece LIKE A BOSS) belting out the final notes of her performance in front of an admiring crowd of on-lookers. And John Boehner.

Beyonce sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama.
Photo: Getty Images

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