Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers are slated to perform on the eve of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration at a concert for children, and a day later, the Obamas will have their first dance at a ball headlined by Beyonce, Jay-Z and Stevie Wonder.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced the talent lineup Tuesday for the “Kids’ Inaugural: We Are the Future” concert honoring military families, which will air Monday night, Jan. 19, on the Disney Channel. The Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, which will allow the Obamas to meet some of their new neighbors in the District of Columbia, will be broadcast live on ABC on Jan. 20. It also will feature Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Alicia Keys and Shakira.
“We are bringing these exciting performances into the homes of millions of Americans to make this the most open and accessible inauguration celebration ever,” Emmett Beliveau, executive director of the inaugural committee, said in announcing the lineup.
Obama revealed during the campaign that he listens to Jay-Z on his iPod. And the president-elect’s daughters are fans of Cyrus and her Disney show, “Hannah Montana.”
Just after the election, Cyrus’ father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus invited the Obama daughters to appear on the “Hannah Montana” show. The Disney Channel issued a statement saying they’re welcome any time.
For their part, Beyonce, husband Jay-Z and Blige earned their stripes by campaigning for Obama just before the election in states like Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. Obama’s win brought Beyonce to tears, she said after the election, and she immediately volunteered to help on Inauguration Day.
“I’m there. I can’t wait. I feel like all of us, we’re ready to do whatever we have to do. Whatever they want — if they need me to volunteer, they need me to sing, I’m there, and I’m ready,” a giddy Beyonce told The Associated Press the day after the election.
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