HomeEntertainmentMusicOn This Day: Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar, Trisha Yearwood Perform at Bill Clinton Inauguration in 1997

On This Day: Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar, Trisha Yearwood Perform at Bill Clinton Inauguration in 1997

by Katie Maloney
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Twenty four years ago today, country stars Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar, and Trisha Yearwood performed at the inaugural ball.

It was a little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll…and a little it bit jazz, gospel, folk, and broadway at Bill Clinton’s 1997 Inaugural Ball. Stevie Wonder, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lonestar, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Kenny G, Yo-Yo Ma, and the cast of Broadway’s Chicago all performed at the celebration which included 14 different receptions.

Trisha Yearwood performed a duet with Kenny Rodgers. Together they sang, “Together As One.” And Billy Ray Cyrus danced with Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper. In the video below, Clinton shakes hands with all the performers before thanking everyone for attending the event.

Bill Clinton shakes hands with Trisha Yearwood and other performers during inaugural events.

Trisha Yearwood’s Husband, Garth Brooks, Will Perform At Today’s Inauguration

America celebrates the 59th presidential inauguration today. President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president. Additionally, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will become the first woman and person of color to hold that office in the U.S. The Presidential Inaugural Committee says that “America United” is today’s theme. The committee says that the theme “reflects the beginning of a new national journey that restores the soul of America, brings the country together, and creates a path to a brighter future.”

Between the pandemic and the political unrest at the U.S. Capitol at the beginning of the month, the committee has opted for a different celebration this year. In fact, officials have told Americans not to travel to the nation’s capital. Officials temporarily closed both the National Mall and the Washington Monument. This year, celebrations will be livestreamed to the public.

So, who’s performing? During this year’s inaugural ceremonies, Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem and Jennifer Lopez will perform. Although Trisha Yearwood won’t be performing this year, country legend Garth Brooks will perform. Additionally, for the Celebrating America Primetime Special tonight, Jon Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters, John Legend, Demi Lovato, Bruce Springsteen, and Justin Timberlake will perform.