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January 21, 2013

Kelly Clarkson performs at inauguration (photo gallery)

by Mark Franklin

Kelly Clarkson performed a soaring rendition of “My Country ‘Tis Of Three” at President Barack Obama’s inauguration Monday afternoon.

Also performing during the ceremony were James Taylor and Beyonce.

Kelly’s performance got rave reviews from other former contestants.

Tweeted Melinda Doolittle: “Sing @kelly_clarkson!!!!!! Yes ma’am! That’s what I’m talking about!”

And Michael Johns: “How farking good is Kelly Clarkson!!! What a vocal she just dropped.”

Kelly followed up with this Tweet about the experience: Wow ….I was incredibly nervous and cold ha! I just wanna officially thank President Obama for opening for me haha! Just kidding :)

Another former Idol contestant, Jennifer Hudson, is scheduled to perform at one of tonight’s inaugural balls.

Now, here’s a video of the performance followed by several photos of Kelly’s appearance at the inauguration, all provided by The Associated Press.

Kelly Clarkson performs at Monday's inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo)

Kelly Clarkson at Monday's inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo)

Kelly Clarkson during her performance at the inauguration Monday. (AP Photo)

Kelly Clarkson, flanked by President Barack Obama and Joe Biden at Monday's inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo)

Kelly Clarkson with President Barack Obama at Monday's inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo)

Kelly Clarkson shakes the hand of Barack Obama at the inauguration ceremony Monday. (AP Photo) 570

Kelly Clarkson shakes the hand of Joe Biden at the inauguration Monday afternoon. (AP Photo)

Kelly Clarkson arrives for Monday's inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo)

Kelly Clarkson arrives for Monday's inauguration ceremony. (AP Photo)

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