The soundtrack to the 2013 Inauguration will be about three parts pop and two parts jazz with a splash of country in the mix.
The Presidential Inauguration Committee announced today the guest list for the Inaugural kids’ concert and balls would include artists from across the musical spectrum. Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, fun., members of the cast of Glee, John Legend, Katy Perry, Marc Anthony, Mindless Behavior, Nick Cannon, Smokey Robinson, Soul Children of Chicago, Stevie Wonder and Usher plan to take part in the festivities.
Many of those on the list supported Obama during his campaign. Keys and Cannon’s wife, Mariah Carey, sang together in June at an Obama fundraiser. Anthony appeared with the president at a fundraiser in Miami Beach that same month. And Perry performed a concert to raise money for the Obama campaign while sporting the president’s face on her fingernails.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are hosting the Kids’ Inaugural concert on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Two balls on Jan. 21 – the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball and The Inaugural Ball – will allow members of the military, campaign volunteers, elected officials and members of the public to celebrate the start of Obama’s second term.
All three events are scheduled to take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The PIC did not specify which celebrities would attend which events.
After his first inauguration, President Obama and the first lady had 10 official balls planned. This year that number dropped to two, but the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball is almost twice the size of 2009, according to the PIC.
PIC announced Wednesday that superstar supporters Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor would sing during Obama’s swearing in ceremony on Monday.