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.

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  1. Lauren

    Wow,, and who is footing the bill for all of these high priced entertainers?

    You can bet they are not doing it out of the goodness of thier hearts.

    Well, Obama got elected on the rock star image,,, guess he might as well have th party like one.

    January 12, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Honestly!!!!!!

    To Tim, Fred G and Tired of Corporate Politics:

    There will be mayhem going on in the world every minute of every day each and every day of the year and for as long as the world exists. January 20th is a day for this country to celebrate and it's about time! Stop hatin' because it isn't going to change anything. You three, and your kind are miserable while the rest of the good ole USA recognizes how much this country has grown and the strides we have made.

    Stop being stuck on stupid and get on board. You guys are boring and your attitudes are tired and played out. If you can't stop yourselves from being stuck on stupid, just shut up then. Just shut up.


    January 12, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. KJ


    January 12, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Vicki

    Meh, Beyonce is overrated and has saturated the industry, and is soon to be replaced by Rhianna or someone else...NEXT!

    January 12, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. The Teester

    Meet the New Boss...same as the old Boss...Bruce and Barack–can't do better than that...Rock on.

    January 12, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Peggy

    Both Fred and Tim, seems to be some old timers who is use to the Alfred Hitchcock times.

    And I mean HITCHCOCK!!!

    January 12, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. jp,michigan

    I , as an American citizen, am discussed with the cost of the election ($688 million to become President) and discussed with the cost of the Inauguration of the President. When you read the newspapers and hear the reports on the television about the millions of people out of work, loosing their homes and unable to care for their families, I consider these actions wasteful spending for a dog and pony show.

    January 12, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Brian

    Tim- you are exactly right!! It's the first celebrity Presidency in history. Style over substance is dead on correct. It has to be...how much substance can a person have with such little experience??

    By the way, Obama will not be the first black President. He'll be the first bi-racial President. Facts don't lie folks.

    January 12, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Puff

    How many white people will be there?

    January 12, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. puleasee

    Tired of Corp Politics

    I get so tired of you Starbucks hippe having an outcry over all that is going on in Gaza- have you not been alive to not notice the killings that have been happening in Gaza or anywhere or anyday- just because something is not on T.V, does not make it fake. Educate yourself

    January 12, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. 8 more days!

    What an impressive lineup of supporters from Garth Brooks to will.i.am...wish I could be there!!

    January 12, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Peggy

    tired of corporate politics


    January 12, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. lgioia

    Why can't Celine Dion be included. Does it matter if she is a
    canadian? Her talent and beautiful voice should be the deciding

    January 12, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. buchter froget

    no wu tang clan?

    i'm canceling my trip...

    January 12, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Davis, Southlake Texas

    Re: tired of corporate politics

    It amazes me that people can continue to be ignorant to the fact that we finally have a president who is putting America first, and continue to find irrelevant things to talk about–whether than bond together and help solve the problems we have in America.
    I understand Gaza/Israel/Hamas–let them sort their stuff out for a change...if we try to go into this battle...we all know how it is going to never end.

    January 12, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    I love stars that go and support Obama but don't show any support for our troops. Hello ever herd of giving back it is called the USO. Remember bob hope? Both of them have no time for the troops but for Obama no problem. Obama should be directing them to the USO as should any other president taking office during time of war. I think it is rediculas that Obama is spending all this money on himself and not spending it on our troops who deserve it well more that any president. Yes I do say this no mater who is taking office.

    January 12, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. person

    im actually going to be there! 🙂

    January 12, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. Blue is my favourite colour

    Well, at least Elton John and Paul McCartney aren't being asked–unless the innaugural committee has a lapse and accidentally invites them. I'm a little mad that Bono (aka, I really want to be president of the world and/or an American politician but I can't because I'm not American) has been invited to this. Let's keep the foreign acts to a minimum, or non-existent.

    The only important thing to me in this is that we will soon be able to address him as "President Obama".

    January 12, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. MD


    Congratulations. You've proven to be a great example of the intolerance and ignorance of the fringe left.

    January 12, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. Jason

    oh snap!

    January 12, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Houff

    Are the performers at an inauguration event a political issue?

    January 12, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  22. IndyVoter

    With all of the different artists and genres of music that they listed will be participating in the Inauguration kickoff, if you can't find something to appreciate and/or celebrate, then you are just bitter and must WANT to be critical. Sheesh! Just have fun, enjoy the music, Heaven knows we have enough negativity already in the world that we could focus on.

    January 12, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Matt

    @ Tim

    So let me get this straight: you think the past 8 years were full of substance? I might agree with you if you let me pick which susbtance we say it was. I'll give you hint: monkeys throw it when they're angry.

    January 12, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. RealityKing

    Meanwhile Obama and his 111th band of merry spending liberals sell out America's grandchildren...

    January 12, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Patrick, St. Louis

    From a strictly comic perspective, its too bad that BHO seems to have more integrity than many of his Senate colleagues and presidential predecessors... otherwise, we could be making jokes like, "yeah, Beyonce will be performing a free show in a shadow of the Lincoln Bedroom, too."

    January 12, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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