Beyonce gets emotional during First Lady and President Obama’s first dance

Her Etta James cover reduces many to tears at Neighborhood Ball

Beyonce got emotional as she performed for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama tonight (January 20) in Washington DC.

The singer, who earlier this week accidentally revealed that she would be performing the Etta James song ‘At Last’, wore a full-length cream satin dress for her performance, which reduced many onlookers to tears, including Mary J. Blige.

After an introduction from actor Denzel Washington, Obama opened an informal speech at the Ball by saying “First of all, how good looking is my wife?”, prompting cheers from the crowd. After a short speech, the President and First Lady then danced alone on stage as Beyonce sang.


With tears in her eyes, the singer completed the song and joined the crowd in chanting “Obama!” “Obama!” before making way for performances by Stevie Wonder and more.

Stay tuned to NME.COM for more Inauguration Ball coverage as it happens live in Washington DC.

–By our New York staff.

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