"About three weeks prior to the inauguration I was told Id be invited to sing at the swearing in. I couldnt hardly sleep at night, I was jumping, so excited. I couldnt hardly settle down after the first night or two. I've had many, many honours, but that was unparalleled I think. That can only happen one time in history." Aretha Franklin treasures her performance at U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.