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11 Iconic Inauguration Performances From History You Definitely Forgot About

From the first Black female national anthem singer to Destiny's Child... and yes, Jessica Simpson.

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Everyone remembers how Aretha Franklin made us cry at Barack Obama's first inaugural ceremony and Beyoncé's jaw-dropping national anthem rendition in 2013, but these are some of the iconic inauguration performances you definitely forgot about and need to watch ASAP.

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Marian Anderson - Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1957

Two decades after performing at a Lincoln Memorial protest organized by Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson became the first Black woman to sing the national anthem at an inauguration.