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. MAJ

    The lineup sounds good with the exception of Beyonce and Shakira. Both have looks but no talent.

    January 12, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. usualone

    When someone says, "all liberals," he/she forgets that Bush had two events in 2001 and, I believe, 2005. Did we say "all conservatives." Must the country be run by only conservatives!!! Is it only your way or now way? Give us a break. Your comment isn't as simple as stated.

    January 12, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. MarkT

    Fish – ???!!

    January 12, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. That Other Jerry

    Beyonce, what's with the retro hair? Thought we were bringing change to Washington?

    January 12, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Bob Smith

    What? No Snoop Dogg?

    January 12, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. Peter (CA)

    Matt @3:59-right on, as usual.

    But, be careful, someone is trying to steal your identity (Matt @4:09).

    Fish-you obviously have no idea what the word "treason" means.

    January 12, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. TCM

    The NAACP should be proud! Free Chicken for everybody, the white man's buying!

    January 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. A Really Conservative Realist

    Garth is a gay? Who knew?

    January 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Jeff in Portland

    Beyonce is a joke.

    January 12, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. gage

    Low lifes performing. No talent.....Notice how they all are mostly black americans. I think that this country has gone down the tubes. We are supposed to be a country of FREEDOM for all now there has been far more hate crimes and people are becoming more racist.

    January 12, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Bob Smith

    What a bunch of washed up, overhyped no talents. No style, no substance. What else can you expect from an empty suit?

    January 12, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. TCM

    @ "President Barack Obama" – you should be waterboarded until you realize what a mistake Obama really is....you and all the other libs...you clowns think this is some big party? Total idiots.

    January 12, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. America Held Hostage T-8 Days

    Remember when all the liberals moaned and complained Bush was spending too much on the inauguration?

    It's a different story now, even when more people are suffering.

    January 12, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Christina

    yes, she is very overrated!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 12, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Larry

    I find this hard to digest- Everyone is talking about how “We have to make financial changes, tighten our belts, watch what we’re doing”, yet when it comes to the Inauguration of Barak Obama, the inauguration is turning into a “Money Circus and Media Circus”.

    Can you imagine, all our Politicians, are telling us of how tough things are and how bad they are probably going to get, yet the same people who cry “Wolf” are willing to spend Large undisclosed amounts of money on a stupid inauguration winding, that’s going to probably 100 fold (times) cap the cost of a New Years in New York, London and a few other places combined.

    Don’t you think it would benefit all of us here in the United States to have a “Humble Inauguration” rather than a Hugh Hefner type wild fling?

    “Do as I tell you, Not as I do”, what a shameful waste of taxpayer money!

    -Larry

    January 12, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Baze

    Oh lord

    January 12, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Gary of LA

    What do we expect? Nothing, empty suitcase.

    HILLARY 2012!

    January 12, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Denise Bolin

    I'm so sad that there are so many negative, hatefilled people making comments about their President.

    SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU!!

    January 12, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. ReyMac

    This sounds like fun. I think I'll drop by because you know I'll be there! Anyone else want to come watch the FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES get sworn in, and hear some music, too? See you in D.C.

    January 12, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Jes

    People seem to like to bash celebrities, yet the only reason that they're as famous as they are is because YOU the people made it that way.

    Honestly, they work hard and tirelessly, they make the amount of money that they make because people like you, go see their movies and watch their televisions shows and buy your kids video games voiced by them, or that Hanna Montana guitar that your daughter got for Christmas.

    So if you want to bash someone who works more than 40 hours a week, has talent, charisma and experience in their field. Many who actively give to charity or volunteer. It's time to look yourself in the mirror and ask what you're doing for society and it's values and morals.

    January 12, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. Rhea

    TCM, what a stupid remark.

    January 12, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. DPW, Charenton La.

    Why all the hate!!! This is a historical event for all races. I get a feeling that all of the negative comments are coming from McCain-Palin supporters. It is ok guys, because guess what he is still your President and you should treat him as such. How WONDERFUL......Please keep in mind who your President is.... 🙂 Yeah!!!!!!

    January 12, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Charm

    While it sounds like an impressive line-up, I have to say ugggh so I'm tired of Beyonce. Even my 10 year old changes the radio station or tv channel whenever she comes on.

    January 12, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Denise Bolin

    Why doesn't it make sense to you that we can't have two Presidents spouting their intentions about the Middle East at the same time?

    Can you imagine the backlash from around the world?

    I admire President Elect Obama for his grace and his wisdom to recognize his place right now.

    Some of you just criticize everything you can – you must have sad lives to be so negative and hateful.

    January 12, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  25. Denise Bolin

    Hey Tim – You are wrong. As Colin Powell said "Obama has style AND substance". He's the real deal and if you stop being hateful long enough to pay attention to the great job he's doing EVEN BEFORE HE'S INAGURATED, maybe you'd see that.

    Honor our President – negativity and hate accomplish nothing.

    January 12, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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