January 9th, 2009
02:54 PM ET
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Stars to swarm Washington for Obama swearing-in

 Pop stars Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers are reportedly headlining a free concert for children at the Verizon Center on Monday night.
Pop stars Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers are reportedly headlining a free concert for children at the Verizon Center on Monday night.

(CNN) –- Hollywood, shove over. Next weekend, it’s DC’s turn to sparkle.

Leading up to Barack Obama’s inauguration next Tuesday, the streets of the nation’s capital will be lined with red carpets to welcome hordes of stars in town to celebrate. Hot shots from the music industry and the silver screen will host events all over town in a four-day marathon of parties and special events.

Some celebrities coming to Washington were fixtures for Obama on the campaign trail, raising money and support for his successful presidential bid. Jay-Z is performing at a sold-out concert at the Warner Theatre on Monday night, while Oprah, one of Obama’s most powerful supporters, will tape her show from Washington inauguration week.

Bruce Springsteen, who appeared at several Obama campaign rallies, is rumored to be singing at a star-studded concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday night, along with other performers yet to be named. Mary J. Blige will be in Washington for the BET Honors on Saturday, and Nelly and Will.I.Am will perform at concerts sponsored by the Hip Hop Caucus. Pop stars Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers are reportedly headlining a free concert for children at the Verizon Center on Monday night.

Obama snagged a large percentage of young voters thanks to groups like Declare Yourself, a grassroots organization that was dedicated to getting 18-year-olds to register and vote. The group will celebrate with an event hosted by Jessica Alba and featuring performances by Maroon 5, DJ Samantha Ronson and some other surprises.

Inauguration Day promises more celebrity sightings all over town, starting with a performance by Aretha Franklin on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during Obama’s swearing-in ceremony.

There will be dozens of balls all over Washington in the evening - and while Obama will only stop by ten of them, others are sure to attract paparazzi attention. Ludacris will host the American Music Urban Ball, while Dionne Warwick hosts the American Music Ball of Legends.

But the Creative Coalition’s inaugural gala, taking place at the Harman Center in Washington, promises the most star-studded lineup: Anne Hathaway, Ron Howard, Spike Lee, Susan Sarandon, Ashley Judd and Maggie Gyllenhaal are all expected to show up.

With more than a week to go until the big day, there’s still time for more celebrities and star-studded affairs to pop up.

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Justo - Vancouver

    Am sure all them republicans are taking a hike!! wow, remember Bush's inauguration with raw eggs being thrown at his motocade? That should have been a sign enough for Republicans that America needed new blood. Please pray for Obama cuz he's gonna need each and every American's support to revive the country. Long Live OBAMA. We love you to death. Good luck.

    January 9, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Ernie in LA

    There had better be some really tight security. This would be a perfect place and time for a terrorist.

    January 9, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. fred

    I don't think the Jonas Bros or the Miley Cyrus concert has much to do with support of Obama. It's simply a concert for kids during that time. I doubt the Jonas Bros supported Obama anyways. So, don't really say Obama is surrounded by just hollywood people or anything like that here. Yea, Jay-z and Oprah, and 1 or 2 others, but I'm sure there are stars at every inaguration. So, this isn't just a hollywood thing. So don't criticize Obama for this one.

    January 9, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Lori

    Wow! I can see greener pastures already. Never in history has our nation celebrated an incoming President as they are with PE Obama. People of all races, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations, etc. I think that it is truly faltering that all these diverse celebrities are celebrating this joyous day with the American people!

    January 20th can't come sooner.

    January 9, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Franky

    Ohhh great, hopefully it doesn't turn into Caligula's place for crying out loud, LOL!!

    January 9, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Texas Teacher

    Sounds good to me! :)

    January 9, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. craig r

    The Dems' fascination with the entertainment industry is endless... it's a given that they'll bring in a bunch of millionaires to perform for the supposed "victory for the common man."

    January 9, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. bill from richmond

    Hey Gonzo – was a candidate with a record of service to his country a little to strong for you to vote for?

    January 9, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Donna

    Please keep Obama and his family safe! Their worried about terrorists? They need to worry about the loons here in this country who are constantly slandering him every day!

    January 9, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Chris

    Thank God Obama got in! We can finally look foward to an honest and concerned leader who want to work for the people and not against them!

    January 9, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Meh

    Lilarose> I understand your concern about spending, but do you really think we should all sit around in sackcloth and cry b/c the economy is bad? Why not live it up while we can? This is a celebration, not a funeral.

    January 9, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    It will be an all out troll and goon patrol of the hollywierd so called actors.

    January 9, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  13. Marie R

    Thank God for January 20th this will be one day Sarah Palin won't be the focus of the media but I betcha she wish she was attending the ignaugeration I mean that is under different circumstances

    January 9, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. Mace

    I think it is interesting that Hollywood has taken an interest in the elections, openly supporting Obama throughout his campaign and throughout the election. But I must be honest and say that I really don't like the fact that Hollywood seems to now be affecting the presidency.

    But I guess because of Hollywood having put so much of their time and effort into the election now a lot of their fans know more about politics then they did before. And the more poltically aware this country is, the better descions we will make when choosing a president.

    January 9, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
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