January 12th, 2009
05:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Beyonce, Jamie Foxx among stars to appear at inaugural kickoff

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/12/art.beyonce.gi.jpg caption="Beyonce will be among the stars to appear at the inaugural kickoff event."](CNN) - The opening celebration of the presidential inauguration will feature a massive line-up of musical all-stars performing a free show in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Monday.

The event will feature performances by: "Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher Raymond IV, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, will.i.am, and Stevie Wonder," said the committee. "Among those reading historical passages will be Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington."

The release confirmed that Rev. Gene Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal bishop, will deliver the invocation, and that additional performances may be added.

The event will be televised by HBO on an open signal accessible to all U.S. viewers with access to cable, telcos or satellite television.

Filed under: Inauguration
soundoff (194 Responses)
  1. Tim

    Sytle over substance for the past year and the next four years.

    January 12, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. Fred G

    who cares she is overrated..

    January 12, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. nourisha

    so glad all these "stars" are doing us poor peeps a favor and providing a free concert! but i guess they all want to be part of history. regardless, i'll be there!

    January 12, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. sick n tired

    To Tim: Get a grip and a clue!

    January 12, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Laverne

    Tim, why don't you wait until the inauguration to see the entire event before you bash it and one more thing Obama's 4 years won't start until Jan. 20th. It amazes me how quick people are to quick to bash and shed blood. Oh yea of little Faith!

    January 12, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. 8 more days!

    Wow!! What a line up! Wish I could be there! From Garth Brooks to will.i.am pretty well and everything in between!!

    January 12, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. tired of corporate politics

    Wow this is so great – this is way more important than Obama's stand or lack thereof in regards to GAZA where people are DYING.

    January 12, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Meh

    Tim> Just stop. I am so sick of the CONSTANT negativity by some posters on here. Oh, woe is me. Gloom and doom. Boo hoo.
    Suck it up.

    January 12, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    In some instances, it is the "journey" not the "destination" that is of significane---enjoy the journey, for the country's destination is not as pleasant.

    January 12, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. believe

    have fun, and bless you all.

    January 12, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. tee


    January 12, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  12. Austin, Texas

    Stop being so negative...this is a Historical Event! Give the President Elect and opportunity to put our country back on tract.

    January 12, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. ronnie

    Beyonce been pushing to sing at the Inaugural. Jennifer Hundson declined. I want to see Jennifer Hudson.

    January 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Joe M

    You mean I've gotta pat to watch V. Gene Robinson say a prayer? Saints preserve us and HBO.

    January 12, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  15. bob

    Good for them. They did alot of work during this campaign!!

    January 12, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. cat

    Some body PLEASE tell me she won't be singing that song
    "All the single ladies"

    January 12, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Karen - Jan. 20th - Can't wait

    Yes Beyounce, J-Zay, Jamie Foxx, Cheryl Crow, I love it! Can't wait til next Tuesday.

    January 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    Tim-they are talking about the entertainment portion. Every inauguration has parties and music and.........i.e. entertainment. I realize that may be news to you, but its been happening for quite a while.

    January 12, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. nate

    I am not interested in the personal lives of celebrities but who doesnt enjoy a great performance? Those who trash them for no reason are miserable in their own little meaningless lives.

    January 12, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. Karen- Change is coming

    Why is CNN blocking my comments.... I am happy Obama is crossing lines and with all races, sexes, and religion. I love the whole idea of mulicultural.

    January 12, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  21. Virginia

    Regarding Rev. Gene Robinson-Obama had to satisfy both "sides" and keep everybody happy. Hey, Barack, you better not keep trying to doing that, or you will have everyone ticked off. And talking out of both sides of your mouth at the same time is very difficult. Grow up and decide where you want to lay your hat!

    January 12, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Alesia

    This is so great! I'm looking forward to watching it!

    January 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Sheryl

    Tim and Fred stop being hatters/idiots!!!!!

    January 12, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. cheri


    January 12, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Tripp

    Sounds like fun as I'll be in DC for the festivities. I can't wait!

    January 12, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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