Star-Studded Lineup For Inaugural Opener Announced
The Presidential Inaugural Committee today announced the initial lineup for the official opening inaugural event in Washington, slated to kick off at 2 p.m EST Sunday. Dubbed “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial,” the festivities will air for free nationwide, exclusively on HBO at 7 p.m. EST Sunday.
From the PIC press release:
Musical performers scheduled for the event include 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. Among those reading historical passages will be Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington. The Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson will give the invocation. Rob Mathes will be the music director and arranger for the backing band, which will support all of the artists. Additional performers will be announced as they are confirmed.
What, no Oprah? Pfffft. I’m staying home.