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The stars are out for the Inauguration
We know the Obamas are getting top billing at the Inauguration festivities, but there will be plenty of extra star power on hand.
Sunday, the big, FREE (keyword FREE) concert will be held at the National Mall, featuring a group of headliners from Beyonce to Garth Brooks to Stevie Wonder. Also on hand: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Usher, John Mellencamp, Shakira, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Josh Groban, John Legend and James Taylor. Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III and Queen Latifah will read. Obama will stop by and HBO will broadcast. If I lived in D.C., this is so where I’d be.
Director Spike Lee will be at Howard University during this concert speaking of Obama’s impact on Black America. He’ll also be hosting the Inauguration after-party on Tuesday. On the Obamas’ first date they went to a Spike Lee movie.
Monday is the “Kids’ Inaugural: We Are the Future” fest, featuring Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, and Bow Wow. Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are hosting this concert, and Malia and Sasha will be there. This is a great one to watch at home with the kids; it airs on the Disney Channel.
Also on Monday, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will play a free concert at the Kennedy Center with Nuttin’ But Stringz and the Let Freedom Ring Choir.
Other Monday night events include The “America Feels Kinda Cool Again Inaugural Gala,” which will feature the Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow and Citizen Cope. And Jay-Z will perform a concert – “In Concert on the Eve on Change” – at the Warner Theater.
Now I wonder what Oprah’s secret plans are…