Hollywood Coming East For Inauguration

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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  • by anonymous Location: kinston on Jan 19, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    I think this Inauguration has gone way out of control. We have people that have lost their jobs, homes, no money for food. If obama was that concern why didn't he downsize this event. After all he's the President!!! So this is where our hard earned money is going. Scary thought!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    To "NoBama" lol:....And your point is???? How are we supposed to end this race war, with comments like that???
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 16, 2009 at 04:04 AM
    Ace, I suppose Obama didnt have anything to do with Acorn either, huh? Or the senate seat deal in Illinois either, huh?
  • by HomelessinDC Location: NC on Jan 15, 2009 at 10:20 PM
    Now I think Obama would have given tickets and first class accomodations to all his new neighbors (the homeless) in DC. Nah - they are rounding them up and making them temporarily go to shelters and arranging for them to "watch it on TV". All the Hollywood types there need to help him help his new neighbors. Also, do you not think GW Bush inherited the mess started by his predecessor, just like Slick Willie got to ride on the upward wave that Reagan started......
  • by NoBama Location: All Over on Jan 15, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    Has anyone noticed, or is it me, that most of the performers are black? And the ones who are white are the bleeding heart liberals who won't shut up? Just an observation.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    Looks like "Party in the 'Hood". Tell me that The Messiah and Baby Mama aren't sell outs.
  • by ACE on Jan 15, 2009 at 07:48 PM
    To Mr.T, For your information felons have voted in this country for year, do your research man. It also depends on what state you are from as to whether a felon can vote. Obama has absolutely nothing to do with that. Some of you die-hards sure grab at straws don't you?
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 15, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    Im actually hoping that Washington will get 2 feet of snow or a big ice storm on Monday.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 15, 2009 at 07:21 PM
    To all the Bush haters on here, there are people that dislike Obama just as much. AT LEAST BUSH didnt have to resort to allowing convicted felons to vote, and getting the Acorn(isnt a acorn a nut?) crowd to vote more than once to win.And Bush didnt have 8 years of scandals and cheating and lying,unlike the last Democrat president. But wait and see whos crying in 4 years(or less). Blagojevich may not be the only impeachment to come out of the Illinois scandal.
  • by ACE on Jan 15, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    About Bush, I can only say one thing at this point, thank God and Greyhound he's gone.
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