This Monday’s main two inaugural balls will feature a wide variety of glitzy entertainers — a little something for every age group and musical taste.
The lineup is a virtual who’s who of American music stars and legends — including Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Katy Perry, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson, Marc Anthony, John Legend, Sound Garden and Usher. Members of the cast of “Glee,” the indie rock band FUN., hip-hop duo Black Violin and Asian-American hip-hop artists Far East Movement will also perform.
The entertainers will preform on multiple stages at both the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, where President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will honor members of the armed forces and their families, as well as at the official Inaugural Ball. Both events will take place in the Washington Convention Center.
Some of the top headliners also helped Mr. Obama raise money for his re-election. Alicia Keys sang for Mr. Obama at a fundraiser last June at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker in New York City. Katy Perry performed at a Las Vegas fundraiser in October and at another earlier that month with Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson in Los Angeles. Marc Antony lent his voice to the Obama campaign in June for a Miami fundraiser and Stevie Wonder even hit the campaign trail with Mr. Obama during the final days before voters headed to the polls.
Pop superstar Beyonce will sing the national anthem at Mr. Obama’s public swearing-in-ceremony Monday on the West Front of the Capitol, and former “American Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson will sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” followed by James Taylor singing “America the Beautiful.”
Beyonce and husband Jay-Z hosted a $4 million fundraiser for Mr. Obama in September.