Obama's A-list inaugaration party sees Beyoncé, U2 and Mary J Blige sign on
He officially brought cool back to the U.S the minute he was voted in as the next American President, and now Barack Obama has confirmed his status with stars from Beyoncé and U2 to Bruce Springsteen all signing up to perform at the President-elect’s inauguration ceremony.
The icing on the cake comes from artists Stevie Wonder, Usher, Mary J Blige and Sheryl Crow who have all confirmed they will be performing at Washington’s biggest party this year, set to take place on Sunday.
Party-goers who flock to the American capital can expect a who’s who of entertainers, all welcoming Obama to the White House. Historical passages will be read by singer Queen Latifah, Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington.
And of course, the main man himself will be attendance to celebrate his role as one of the most influential global figures.
The party’s executive producer, George Stevens Jr, admitted he was surprised by the huge willing from stars to perform at the party.
‘On the first day, we asked Springsteen, Bono and Garth Brooks within a period of 45 minutes and got three yeses’,’ Stevens told the Associated Press.
Stevens explained his aim was to demonstrate the diversity of artists supporting Obama as a reflection of national and international unification.
‘The list of stars is impressive, but this is not a showbiz, glitzy occasion,’ he said.
‘It’s going to be rooted in history, remembering the great president [Lincoln] who led us through difficult times.’
Rather than hear chart tracks from artists, the musicians will instead play songs suited to the occasion, such as Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come.
Obama will be officially inaugurated at a ceremony on 20 January in which singers Sting and Elvis Costello will perform.