UPDATE: CLICK HERE for the post about the Ball
Less than an hour before President Obama was scheduled to head to the Washington Convention Center at 9:00 PM on Tuesday for the Staff Inaugural Ball, Lady Gaga's performance was confirmed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee via a White House email to reporters. But the superstar's media team had already started tweeting about her appearance, including posting the photo above of the piano Gaga will use to perform. Gaga herself tweeted "#WhiteHausBall" at 7:15 PM.
"Tonight, the Presidential Inaugural Committee is hosting the Staff Ball, a tradition started by the President and First Lady at their 2009 Inaugural as a way to thank their staff and celebrate with them," read the White House email with background information on the party.
"Obama for America staff, White House/administration staff, and PIC staff were invited to attend tonight's ball and tickets were purchased at a price of $10. The guests attending tonight's event were just informed that Lady Gaga will perform at the Ball, in an email sent out by the PIC's Executive Director David Cusack. All proceeds from tonight's concert will go to the Alex Okrent Memorial Fund."
Gaga's performance was first tipped to The Hollywood Reporter and AP by an "inaugural source" earlier this week, but was not officially announced by organizers.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 23, 2013
Lady Gaga’s piano for tonight’s performance at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ball. #WhiteHausBall - twitter.com/TomyKMonster/s…
— Lady Gaga (@TomyKMonster) January 23, 2013
*Photo by @TomyKMonster, Admin of @GagaMediaDotNet.