President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next week could make Washington resemble Hollywood on Oscar night, only colder.
Events will be going on all weekend, through Inauguration Day
itself and into Wednesday.
An number of concerts will be held around the city, including one Saturday hosted by the nonprofit Hip-hop Caucus, featuring Mary
J. Blige, Nelly and Common.
But the big show is a free concert on the National Mall starting Sunday afternoon. In addition to Blige, Bruce Springsteen, U2, Beyonce, Shakira, John Legend and Stevie Wonder will be among a long list of headline performers. HBO will broadcast the show later.
One of Obama's biggest celebrity supporters, Oprah Winfrey is
hosting a live episode of her show from the Kennedy Center Opera
House on Monday and Wednesday. She hasn't announced her plans for Inauguration Day.
And then there's a long list of official balls, including The Neighborhood Ball for Washington residents at the city's convention center. Mary J. Blige will be performing there too, along with Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Faith Hill and Alicia Keys.
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