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Rebecca Ferguson to perform at today's opening ceremony of IAAF World Championships

Rebecca Ferguson is set to perform at the opening ceremony of the IAAF World Championships in London today (August 4).

It's the first time in UK history that a black singer has ever opened the ceremony, which is watched by millions worldwide.

One of the last ceremonies the vocal powerhouse was asked to perform at was Donald Trump's Inauguration Ceremony back in January this year in Washington, however she declined as she wanted to sing the protest song "Strange Fruit" at the main event.

The British singer-songwriter, who received critical acclaim earlier this year for being the fastest-selling UK debut solo artist of the decade so far, is set to sing the national anthem and her classic hit, "Glitter & Gold".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and IAAF President Sebastian Coe will deliver the official welcome on behalf of the host city and the sport’s world governing body as the IAAF World Championships London 2017 commence at London Stadium tonight.

A record 2,038 athletes, representing more than 200 teams, will compete at the 16th edition of the IAAF’s flagship event, which runs through until August 13. The pre-show will begin at 18:00 (BST). 

Competition on the opening day of the IAAF World Championships London 2017 will begin with the opening round of the men's discus throw at 19:20 and conclude with the final of the men's 10,000m, which features double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah of Great Britain.

The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA is live streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app. Select replays and highlights will be available on these digital platforms.

Watch Rebecca Ferguson performing live at today's event in London online at OlympicChannel.com or at BBC online.

The soul singer recently announced a 2018 UK tour. Check ticket availability to see if she'll be playing at a city near you here 

Check out Rebecca Ferguson on iTunes

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