Top Talent Lined up for Obama's Inaugural Events

By: associated press
By: associated press
President Barack Obama is drawing an A-list of performers for his inaugural festivities.

FILE - Barack Obama, left, joined by his wife Michelle, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the 44th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., in this Jan. 20, 2009 file photo. Obama is putting a symbolic twist on a time-honored tradition, taking the oath of office for his second term with his hand placed not on a single Bible, but two, one owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and one by Abraham Lincoln. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is drawing an A-list of performers for his inaugural festivities.

Katy Perry, Usher, Smokey Robinson, Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley are among the top talent planning to sing at Obama's inaugural balls and a children's concert. Also signed up are Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder,
John Legend and the cast of "Glee."

The concert and two balls are being held at the Washington Convention Center over the Martin Luther King holiday weekend when Obama begins his second term.

The performers join top talent already announced for Obama's signing ceremony Jan. 21 on the West Front of the Capitol, including Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor.

AP-WF-01-11-13 1105GMT


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