WASHINGTON, DC – The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced today the initial talent lineup for the Kids’ Inaugural concert on Saturday, January 19 and the official Inaugural balls on Monday, January 21. The events will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and will highlight the Obama and Biden families’ support for our military service men and women.
Events will feature a diverse group of top celebrity musical guests
The events will include appearances by 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. Additional performers will be announced in the coming days.
“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 Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will host the Kids’ Inaugural for America’s children and families as part of their ongoing commitment to our military families. The concert continues a tradition they 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.
On Monday, the PIC will host two official Inaugural balls. 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, among others, will continue a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005. The 2013 Commander-in-Chief’s Ball will have a significantly larger footprint than that of 2009, nearly doubling in size, and tickets for invited military guests will be provided free of charge by the PIC.
Also on Monday, Americans from across the country will be invited to share in a unified celebration at The Inaugural Ball, which brings members of the public together with grassroots volunteers, local community leaders and supporters, various organizations, and local and state elected leaders. The Inaugural Ball will use every Hall in the Convention Center, and together with the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, the same space where six Inaugural balls were held in 2009 will be used.
In addition to today’s news, PIC previously announced Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylor will perform at the Inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 21.
Program details specific to each event will be released in the coming days.
More information on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee can be found at www.2013pic.org and on Twitter @obamainaugural.