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WASHINGTON — The entertainment industry played a key role in President Obama’s successful quest for a second term, and it will be out in force to help the first family celebrate its official beginning later this month.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday a star-laden entertainment lineup, headlined by Katy Perry, for the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Saturday, Jan. 19, and for the official Inaugural Ball the following Monday. Both are slated for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are the official hosts of the children’s event, which will highlight both the Obama and Biden families’ commitment to honoring people in the military and their families. The musical talent already set to perform at the two inaugural events now includes Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, fun., members of the cast of Glee, John Legend, Marc Anthony, Mindless Behavior, Nick Cannon, Smokey Robinson, Soul Children of Chicago, Stevie Wonder and Usher.
The organizing committee already has announced that Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor will perform at the actual inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol earlier in the day on Jan. 21.
“We are honored and excited to have such a diverse, talented group of musical guests joining Americans from across the country to celebrate the 57th inauguration,” said Steve Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.
On Monday, Jan. 21, the president and first lady will continue a Bush administration tradition and host a second inaugural event, the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball for members of the U.S. military, including active duty and reserve service men and women, Medal of Honor recipients, and wounded warriors and their spouses.
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