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Beyonce Dishes On Inauguration Rehearsals & Nerves...Plus Some "GQ" Outtakes

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Beyonce Knowles is set to take the 2013 Inauguration stage--which are the steps of the US Capitol--in a matter of hours to sing the National Anthem for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony.  But just a few days before, she dished on how exactly she was preparing for this monumental occasion, if she's chosen her designer, and how she's getting rid of the nerves.


Check it inside, plus some GQ outtakes and audio of her soundcheck...

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GQ Magazine's Most Beautiful Woman of the Century is prepping for one of this century's biggest moments.  As she's been chosen to belt out the National Anthem for President Obama's swearing-in ceremony today, even the consummate performer gets a a case of the nerves.

She posted some pics (above) to her Instagram last night of herself practicing the Star Spangled Banner for Inauguration today.  And inside the Capitol in front of the Lincoln bust.

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Audio from her soundcheck hit the net as well hours ago.  Check it above before she belts out the National Anthem at 12:34p EST.

She said in an interview with Zap2It:

"Every time I am overworked and in a stressful situation, I always think about moments like this.  And it makes everything worth while."

"My father grew up in Alabama and my father was escorted to school with security guards. He was one of the few African-Americans in school."

"There is so much history that we have overcome.  And we are growing so much. It is so beautiful that I can make my family and my family's legacy proud and it is a huge opportunity, for me."

And about getting that National Anthem perfect:

"I can't really think about it until it is over.  It is too much! There is no way I would be able to sing.

"I know it, but it is the type of thing doesn't matter how many times you sing it. And the biggest fear is making sure you sing it right, and sing it correctly."

"I am practicing.  I have the tour, the Super Bowl and National Anthem. I am rehearsing right now. I feel like I love this song. Of course it is really emotional and nothing is more emotional than when singing it for a cause, and I know -- the day after tomorrow. I don't want to think about it! I love the song because the melody is so beautiful, and you have so many choices. I want to keep it really elegant."

Meanwhile, here's some outtakes from her GQ shoot:

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Even chick's outtakes are hot. 

Pics: Terry Richardson/GQ/BeyonceDiario.com/Beyonce's Tumblr



nice. go get it, b

nice. go get it, b
lewis3k's picture

I'm sorry, I can't take

I'm sorry, I can't take "FOCUSED BEY" seriously! Like, heiffer u CAN'T read sheet music so STOP IT! Can we get a WORD COUNT on how many times she used "LOVE", "EMOTIONAL", & "BEAUTIFUL?" I love Queen Bey but she takes herself WAY TOO SERIOUS sumtimes! Her performance was FAB!
tori's picture

Hey Beyonce!...do not worry

Hey Beyonce!...do not worry about the Cain’s Clans being malicious toward you, they can’t help themselves, because they do not know that “Heaven is real, and so is Hell” … let them enjoy all that Satan has to offer them. -- Now, watch how they storm their Keyboards, and seizes control of the YBF Website by stopping all comments on numbers 11, 12, and or any numbers that ends with a 7…boy, am I glad that the Keys on their keyboards aren’t real bullets, because I probably would’ve been dead a long time ago, along with Bey…Oops, here they come, but, I promise you that they will not find Abel unarmed again!
rebellious soul's picture

Though I cant see the reason

Though I cant see the reason for the barely dressed photos at her age and state, congrats are still in order. Do you Bey!!
Realist's picture

Go in and let have!!!Yesss

Go in and let have!!!Yesss hunty!!! Baddie Bey gone murk that song #Happy.MLK.Day #flip.hair.that.is.all
sexybrownpyt's picture

Ms.Ceilie you

Ms.Ceilie you shoooooooooooooh is UGLEE!
BEEMA's picture

You know what Beema. I used

You know what Beema. I used to think that the girls were cyber-bullying you. To the point to where I almost emailed Natasha about it. HOWEVER...i see that you really like to keep the pot stirring.
Classic87's picture

she's so boring!

she's so boring!
Babyjane's picture

Beyonce is the best!!

Beyonce is the best!!
MarshayH's picture

Tell me when it became taboo

Tell me when it became taboo for individuals to be proud of their accomplishments? If you worked hard for anything you have, even if it's working in a restaurant, you have a right to boost about your accomplishments.
marylou's picture

I agree, sometimes you gotta

I agree, sometimes you gotta pat yourself on the back, after working so hard to accomplish a goal. #flips.hair.that.is.all
sexybrownpyt's picture

People have a need to be

People have a need to be offended. Congratulations Beyonce for making strides for yourself, and assisting the black culture to overcome the stereotypes of what/who a black woman/person is.
marylou's picture

You mean like: High School

You mean like: High School Drop Out, Speak English Poorly, Ashamed of Baby, Marry for Money (with the sole purpose of being a Billionaire <---as she said on Oprah before meeting Camel)????? And she does NOT "assist black culture!!!! Owns sweat shops in China to make her Shitty clothes...smh.............
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

With as much time as you

With as much time as you spend on this blog refuting Beyonce compliments ,and trolling other post; I can't possibly see how you are any more productive than what you claim of Beyonce. There are many individuals who did not complete high school or college. Beyonce is not the first and won't be the last! Better yet, what are your credentials, sweets? I have little time for your foolishness! You should redirect your hate to your mother, where it belongs...Have several Benzodizapines. You, little boy, are a psych case waiting to be determined!
marylou's picture

Here's a little tip.....Don't

Here's a little tip.....Don't use BIG WORDS if YOU CAN'T spell them correctly!!!!!! And I don't work....my money works..for ME (it's called: Compounding Interest) :)~ .........lol
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

no one is perfect, why can't

no one is perfect, why can't u focus on the positive and what she has accomplished...smh

Please see the

Please see the aforementioned.....and she's a phony
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

can't wait. She gon slay I

can't wait. She gon slay I already know. Those outtakes are the bomb though
Adele's picture

"Huge opportunity for me".

"Huge opportunity for me". That's all she cares about. She's always making things about her and did she just say "I feel like I love this song"? How are you gonna feel like you love a song? It's either you love it or you don't and clearly she doesn't, she's just concerned about outsinging everybody's version of it. She doesn't give 2 shits about the words in the song, but of course she's gonna act like the words mean everything to her and something tells me she's gonna try to compete with Aretha and wear a standout hat and I wouldn't put it past her to kick it up a notch and have Baby Blue on her hip, once again at an attempt to make it all about her. smh.......
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

"She's just concerned about

"She's just concerned about outsinging everybody's version of it," I agree! She wants to be known as the best singer to ever sing the national anthem. Unfortunately for her Whitney Houston will always go down in history as the best singer to ever sing the national anthem. Beyonce can sing but Whitney will always be the VOICE.
Crazy Sexy Cool's picture

She definitely needs to get

She definitely needs to get that through her pea brain. Whitney Forever!!!!!!
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

Jennifer Hudson should sing

Jennifer Hudson should sing it (she has a Oscar too) Seeing Jay-Z's corrupt, cheating, dirty ass there looks really bad (he's getting killed on Twitter right now) lol........
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

@lisaraye did you hear her

@lisaraye did you hear her sing? I knew she wasn't going to sound as good as Whitney but I didn't know she was gonna sing like that. She hit the high notes, but there was no emotion in her rendition at all! It definitely won't be memorable.
Crazy Sexy Cool's picture

She sounded dead the 1st

She sounded dead the 1st half...picked it up and hit a couple good notes (she sounded like a Pop Singer). KELLY CLARKSON DESTROYED HER just 10min earlier. KELLY HAD SOUL..SOUL...AND MORE SOUL...GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS!!!!!!!!!........
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

I agree Kelly Clarkson put

I agree Kelly Clarkson put her to SHAME! Everyone was talking about Kelly Clarkson's voice after she performed. Nobody hardly talked about Bey after she sung. You know who else would've absolutely KILLED the national anthem? Christina Aguilera (given that she remembered the words lol), she would have done great!
Crazy Sexy Cool's picture

Ikr.. As for singing it so

Ikr.. As for singing it so right that heifer shud be herself and wear one of those GQ fits while at! Smhlol..Skank!
Like Really's picture

Exactly!! And she WILL have

Exactly!! And she WILL have Blu (Cantrell) Ivy in a SKI MASK.....smh
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

Of course it is a huge

Of course it is a huge opportunity for her. She ain't gon lie, it is ! So many people would be honored to sing for Obama ! please. And oh you know everything, you know how she really feels because you are in her brain, you know what she likes, what she does not like, you know everything about her. Have a seat.
Adele's picture

It's not my fault, that

It's not my fault, that you're too dumb to see through her. Please Sit.....Thank You!!
Ms.Thangfromthe5thflr's picture

How's she gonna sing a song

How's she gonna sing a song without the word "CRAZY" in it????
LisaRaye&#039;s Subconsciousness™®©'s picture

Get em bey

Get em bey

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