From competing on American Idol in 2002 to rubbing elbows with Beyoncé and President Obama in the same day, Kelly Clarkson’s come a long way!
The singer performed “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” at the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21 – and then tweeted a candid photo of herself hanging out with "Single Ladies" songstress backstage!
“Me and B just hangin' out,” the 30-year-old captioned the pic. “Seriously, God did good. She is so beautiful!”
The "Catch My Breath" crooner’s performance was followed by a spectacular rendition of “The National Anthem” by Beyoncé.
But it was meeting the president that really made Kelly's day!
“Wow.... I was incredibly nervous and cold,” she shared afterward, adding jokingly, "I just wanna officially thank President Obama for opening for me! Just kidding."
PHOTO: Kelly Clarkson Shows Off Engagement Ring
“What an honor to be a part of history!” the newly engaged star continued on a more serious note. “Obama’s presence was powerful and his words unforgettable. It’s a proud day for America!”
Other stars at the historical event were Bey's hubby, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, John Mayer and Eva Longoria.