British R&B singer Leona Lewis, who rose to fame in her native country after winning the TV talent show The X Factor, is set to sing at Barack Obama’s inauguration. The event has already attracted a huge amount of speculation, with tireless Obama campaigners such as Jay-Z and Beyonce being widely tipped to make an appearance.
According to British tabloid The Sun, Lewis has been invited to sing at the inauguration, and a “source” close to the singer has said that “various inquiries have been made to Leona’s people about her availability on January 20.” Lewis herself hasn’t commented, but prior to the election on November 4 she did heap praise on the future president, saying: “I think Obama is amazing. He’s just so cool and articulate. Nothing fazes him.”
Meanwhile, Beyonce has also said she wants to perform at the ceremony. Speaking in New York last week, the former Destiny’s Child singer was asked if she’d like to perform at Obama’s inauguration. “Of course I’d love to. Who wouldn’t?" she said.