NC's James Taylor Sings at Inauguration
At the ceremonial inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, January 21, James Taylor took to the stage to strum and sing an acoustic rendition of “America the Beautiful.” His performance was greeted by cheers from the crowd and a hug from President Obama. Other musical guests at the inauguration included Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé. In 2011, President Obama awarded James Taylor the National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House. Taylor grew up in Chapel Hill.