Everyone, it seems, wants to be part of Barack Obama’s historical inauguration, including some of the biggest names in music.
Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder and Garth Brooks have joined a diverse lineup of musicians who will perform at Obama’s Jan. 18 welcome concert on the National Mall.
Also set to appear are Bono, Josh Groban, Mary J. Blige, will.i.am, John Mellencamp and Shakira, while Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Martin Luther King III will read historic passages.
The free concert, to be televised live on HBO, is scheduled to begin Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, on the National Mall. Sting and Elvis Costello are also set to headline another all-star concert, this one for charity and marking Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration. That event will be held at Washington’s Harman Center of the Arts.
– Bob Meadows