Although Beyonce and James Taylor both played Obama's 2009 swearing-in ceremony, Kelly Clarkson is an interesting choice. As a self-described "Republican at heart," Clarkson was at one point excited about Ron "Mr. Know It All" Paul: "If he wins the nomination in 2012, he's got my vote," Clarkson tweeted. But the powerhouse songstress changed her tune just prior to the election, throwing her support behind Obama instead of Romney, explaining she "can't support Romney's policies as I have a lot of gay friends and I don't think it's fair they can't get married."
Speaking of standing up for gay equality, Obama chose Richard Blanco as the inaugural poet for this ceremony. This is the first time a gay man or a Latino has been given that honor. Big ups, Bam!