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THE FINISHING TOUCH
"Getting ready for the first of THREE inaugural balls and feeling grand!!! Can't wait! ;-)" the singer says before making her way to the festivities, where she performed "Obama's on Fire," a riff on her latest hit, "Girl on Fire."
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"Time to shine tonight," she says of her array of bling – earrings, cuffs, necklaces and rhinestone-studded Christian Louboutins – while getting ready for the inaugural ball.
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RED-Y TO ROCK
Looking radiant in a backless red matte jersey Michael Kors gown, the singer teases, "The dress; what do you think? ;-)" She gets our vote!
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STRIKE A POSE
"Ha! Couldn't resist this!" says the 14-time Grammy winner, seen at her Sunday night sound check for her three inaugural ball performances on Monday.
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"Cookies on the nightstand!" laughs Keys, who received the treats the night before Barack Obama's swearing in.
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BRAND NEW DAY
"Rise and shine!" says Keys, getting lipstick-ready on Monday. "Excited to start the day!
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HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN
"So proud to be a part of President Obama's second inauguration," says the singer, showing off her passes to the big event.
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ON OUR WAY
"Ready to head to the National Mall!" says Keys, who is joined by husband Swizz Beatz and son Egypt, 2. "Such an incredible day for our children."
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FIRST FAMILY TIES
"Excited to share this incredible day with our son," says the superstar of this family portrait.
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WHO'S THAT MASKED MAN?
She's seeing double! "Look who we ran into on the way to the parade!" laughs Keys.
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"Such a powerful image!" Keys says of this picture she took of the Washington Monument. "I believe in our future!"
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"I'm gonna ride out in one of these to hit the inaugural balls!" says Keys.
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