Beyonce sings national anthem at Barack Obama inaugural

Updated: Jan 22, 2013, 09:57 AM IST

Washington: Beyonce sang the US national anthem to conclude President Barack Obama`s inauguration ceremony as he began his second term in office.

With long wavy blond hair and dressed in an elegant black gown, Beyonce shook the president`s hand after singing the last notes of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

The artist, who was accompanied at the ceremony by her husband, rapper Jay Z, wore a long black Pucci gown and a coat of the same colour by Christian Dior, with emerald earrings and an emerald ring by Lorraine Schwartz.

Beyonce also had a notable role four years ago at the beginning of Obama`s first term with her rendering of "At Last" for the president and first lady Michelle Obama at one of the inaugural balls.