A-Listers are flocking to what may be the biggest inaugural event in history

By Michael Y. Park
December 12, 2008 09:30 AM
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Everyone expects to see plenty of the Stars and Stripes at any presidential inauguration, but this is getting ridiculous.

In what may qualify as the most star-spangled inaugural event in history, celebrities from all over the entertainment spectrum are planning to flock to Washington, D.C., to welcome Barack Obama as the new president of the United States.

Headliners at an inauguration ball hosted by the Creative Coalition on Jan. 20 include musicians Sting, Elvis Costello and Sam Moore. And the group says it’s already confirmed a bevy of big-name guests to the inauguration ceremony itself, including Anne Hathaway, Susan Sarandon, Marcia Cross, Tim Robbins, Seal, Adrian Grenier, Ashley Judd, Jane Krakowski, Rachael Leigh Cook, Spike Lee and Ron Howard.

Rumors have it that diehard Obama supporters like Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Springsteen, and will.i.am are in talks to perform at Obama’s inauguration ceremony, as A-listers like Beyoncé, Diddy, and Mary J. Blige, according to New York’s Daily News.

But it’s the plethora of unofficial inauguration balls around D.C., like the Creative Coalition’s, that are already racking up the stars. The American Music Inaugural Ball will reportedly be hosted by Dionne Warwick; Lou Gossett Jr. will host the Purple Ball, with Ashley Judd and Patricia Arquette as guests; and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation will be entertaining Cyndi Lauper and Melissa Etheridge.

Former vice president Al Gore is honorary chair of the 2009 Green Inaugural Ball, on Jan. 19.

Some say the lists of stars would be longer, but that even celebrities are having troubles that regular Obama fans are grappling with as the inauguration nears: All the hotel rooms in Washington, D.C., are sold out.

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