The celebrities chosen to perform at President Obama’s inauguration are a “who’s who” of stars who raised big money for his reelection campaign.
Among the artists who will perform at the festivities are Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder, who sang at a multimillion-dollar fundraising concert for Mr. Obama in Los Angeles on Oct. 7. Also selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee was singer John Legend, who played at a reelection fundraiser for the president on Oct. 8 in San Francisco.
Other entertainers who will perform either at the inaugural balls on Jan. 21 or at a “Kids’ Inaugural” concert on Jan. 19 are Alicia Keys, who sang for Mr. Obama at a $40,000-per-person fundraiser in New York City in June, and Marc Anthony, who performed at an Obama fundraiser in Miami Beach in June.
The committee said other performers will include the cast of the TV show “Glee,” Smokey Robinson, Soul Children of Chicago and Usher.
There will be two official inaugural balls. The Commander-in-Chief’s Ball for members of the U.S. military will continue a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005. The second, the Inaugural Ball, will use every hall in the Washington Convention Center.