18 January 2013 5:35 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Singer Kelly Clarkson will get a huge honor Monday when she sings "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

It's pretty clear now why she got the invite.

"I love Kelly Clarkson," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-n.Y.) said Friday during a HuffPost Live appearance. Schumer is the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, responsible for organizing the main inaugural event every four years.

"And I felt very good about myself, because I listened to her and I said, 'I really like her,' and then only later did I learn she had won 'American Idol,'" Schumer said. "So I was very glad that my tastes were the same as most of America's."

His favorite Clarkson song?

"I never walk too far from the sidewalk, what's that called?" (It's "Because of You.")

But don't ask him to sing it. When asked »


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