"Every time I am overworked and in a stressful situation, I always think about moments like this," she says. "And it makes everything worth while."
A longtime supporter of Obama, Beyonce's voice softens as she says, "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."
Monday's (Dec. 21) public Inauguration of the president falls on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, making the moment even more special.
"There is so much history that we have overcome," Beyonce says. "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."
For someone who has played to huge audiences around the world, and sang "At Last" at one of the inaugural balls, this is so huge, Beyonce pauses.
"I can't really think about it until it is over," she says. "It is too much! There is no way I would be able to sing."
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