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Alicia Keys, Katy Perry top bill at Obama inauguration parties

Published on Jan 12, 2013 6:18 AM
Singer Alicia Keys performs with her backup dancers at the 2013 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Jan 9, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - R&B singer Alicia Keys, country guitar slinger Brad Paisley and pop star Katy Perry are some of the A-list performers who will entertain partygoers at President Barack Obama's inaugural celebration, organisers said on Friday.

Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder, two prominent elder statesmen of American music, also will perform at one of the three official parties planned for the onset of Mr Obama's second term in office, the inaugural committee said.

Other performers include salsa singer Marc Anthony, rappers Far East Movement and Nick Cannon, pop band fun., R&B singers Usher and John Legend, gospel choir Soul Children of Chicago, and members of the cast of the TV show Glee.

Mr Obama's swearing-in ceremony on Jan 21 is expected to draw up to 800,000 people, less than half of the 1.8 million who flocked to Washington in 2009 to celebrate the United States' first African American president.

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