Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Usher and More Tapped for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration
After stumping for him during his re-election campaign last year, stars like Katy Perry, John Legend, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys are set to light up the stage during festivities to mark Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., this month.
Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylorto sing the national anthem, “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful,” respectively, at the official inauguration ceremony in front of the Capitol on Jan. 21.
The celebrity-laden lineup will entertain at events surrounding Obama’s swearing-in.
With more than 35,000 people to attend at the Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C., the Inaugural Ball will be a way for Obama supporters — members of the public along with campaign volunteers — to toast the president’s next four years in the White House.
But the Commander in Chief’s Ball, a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005, is solely for active duty servicemen and women, along with veterans, and will be free of charge for all guests.
“Michelle and I look forward to attending…and sharing this special evening with representatives of our armed forces,” Obama said in a statement.
Michelle Obama along with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, on Jan. 19.
The star-studded roster for the festivities also includes country singer Brad Paisley, hip-hop quartet Far East Movement, Grammy-nominated indie-rock trio fun., cast members from Glee, Latin star Marc Anthony, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, R&B singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, among other yet to be announced.
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