Reuters reports that singers Katy Perry, Brad Paisley and Alicia Keys are scheduled to perform at President Barack Obama's inaugural celebrations. The inaugural committee also said that Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder will perform at one of several official parties planned in honor of the start of Obama's second term as president of the United States.
This comes as the Official Inaugural Store has opened its doors to D.C. residents and tourists hoping to purchase some keepsakes to celebrate the inauguration, according to Kansas City infoZine. The website reports that the Official Inaugural Store will be open to the public until January 24. Until then, customers can purchase T-shirts, magnets, sweatshirts, rulers and nearly every other piece of inauguration memorabilia imaginable.
After defeating former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on November 7, 2012, President Obama will take the oath of office for the second time on January 21 at the Capitol. The New York Daily News reports that President Obama will be sworn in on bibles belonging to former President Abraham Lincoln and Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
“We know our father would be deeply moved to see President Obama take the Oath of Office using his bible,” Martin Luther King Jr.’s children said in a statement released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “His ‘traveling bible’ inspired him as he fought for freedom, justice and equality, and we hope it can be a source of strength for the President as he begins his second term.”
The Hill notes that President Obama will use a third bible during a private White House ceremony a day before his public swearing-in on January 21 at the Capitol. The newspaper points out that the constitutionally mandated inauguration day, January 20, falls on a Sunday. The president will used a bible that was owned by first lady Michelle Obama's grandmother.
According to CBS Local, getting tickets to the two inaugural galas, where Alicia Keys and Katy Perry are scheduled to perform, will be all but impossible unless one has some powerful friends because the $60 have already sold out. Rounding out the list of performers at the two official inaugural balls are Marc Anthony, John Legend, Nick Cannon, Mindless Behavior, the cast of "Glee" and Usher.
CBS Local notes that many of the artists, scheduled to performed, helped out the president during his reelection campaign. Stevie Wonder, for example, wrote a song dedicated to the president.
“The common man deserves a chance, Barack’s the one who’ll take the stance," Wonder sang in "Keep Moving Forward."
While Katy Perry and Alicia Keys may be preparing to entertain guests at the president's official inaugural parties, megastar Beyonce will sing the national anthem at the president's inauguration ceremony.
The Associated Press reports that Beyonce will sing the national anthem, "American Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson will sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee" and James Taylor will perform "America the Beautiful." According to the inaugural committee, the president personally selected the performers.
Perhaps Mrs. Obama had a hand in getting Beyonce to perform at the inauguration ceremony, as she and the R&B singer are good friends.
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