Friday, January 11, 2013

Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, FUN. To Headline Inaugural Balls And Kids' Concert

Lineup includes John Legend, Marc Anthony, Smokey Robinson, cast of 'Glee'...
The Presidential Inaugural Committee on Friday announced the talent lineup for  President Obama's official Inaugural Ball and Commander-in-Chief's Ball on Monday, Jan. 21, and for the Kid's Inaugural, a concert First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will host on on Saturday, January 19, for military families and children. Many of the superstars tapped hit the campaign trail for the President's reelection effort, including Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Nick Cannon, Brad Paisley, and Marc Anthony, who served as a National Campaign Co-Chair.   (Above, Perry wearing a "ballot' dress at a campaign event last October)

FUN., members of the cast of Glee, Mindless Behavior, Smokey Robinson, Soul Children of Chicago, Far East Movement, and Usher will also perform.

The inaugural celebration is scaled back this year, with the President and Mrs. Obama slated to attend just the two official balls on Jan. 21st.  The Kids' Inaugural concert "continues a tradition" Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden "started in 2009 that builds on initiatives like Joining Forces by honoring and celebrating the service and sacrifice of our U.S. military as part of official Inaugural activities," the Committee said.

"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 Committee.

"We are honored to be playing President @BarackObama's inaugural ball. #inaug2013 @obamainaugural," FUN. wrote on Twitter ‏@OurNameIsFun.

Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor will perform at the Inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 21, the Committee announced earlier this week.  All three raised money for the President's campaign war chest.  Beyoncé will sing the National Anthem,  Taylor America the Beautiful and Clarkson will sing My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.

The balls and concert will be at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.


*The menu and recipes for the President's Inaugural Luncheon ARE HERE.

*Getty photo