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Beyonce to sing as Obama is sworn in

US President Barack Obama has chosen superstar Beyonce to sing The Star Spangled Banner at his re-inauguration.

Four years ago the honour went to a US Navy chorus, but it appears the president is looking for some extra glamour this time around.

The January 21 event will be a warm-up for the Single Ladies singer, who will also perform at next month's Super Bowl half-time show.

Beyonce is good friends with the Obamas. She has helped Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative against childhood obesity.

And along with her husband, rap star Jay-Z, she hosted an Obama re-election campaign fundraiser that reportedly raised $4m.