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Beyonce Performs 'At Last' at the Request of Barack & Michelle Obama for Couple's First Dance as America's President & First Lady

Sony Columbia Records - 01/25/2009

Beyonce performed "At Last," her soul-stirring interpretation of the classic blues song made famous by Etta James, as the musical back-drop for Barack and Michelle Obama's first dance together as America's new President and First Lady.

Responding to a personal request by the Obamas, Beyonce sang "At Last" at the Neighborhood Ball, one of 10 official Inaugural Balls in Washington, DC and the first to be attended by the Obamas as President and First Lady. Her performance was broadcast live on ABC Television as part of its two-hour Neighborhood Ball Inauguration special.

Beyonce's version of "At Last," a key track from the "Cadillac Records" soundtrack, is the latest incarnation of a blues standard, written in 1941, that became the signature song of the legendary Etta James. Played by Beyonce Knowles in the film, "Cadillac Records," Etta James was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 for her version of "At Last."

Earlier during Inauguration Week, Beyonce performed "America the Beautiful" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, January 18, as part of the "We Are One" concert.

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