Beyonce, Katy Perry star at packed inauguration
NEW YORK (AP) - President Barack Obama's inauguration is shaping up to be an event as star-studded as any red carpet, with dozens of heavy hitters lining up to perform, including Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Usher and Brad Paisley.
Beyonce will sing the national anthem and James Taylor will sing America The Beautiful on the West Front of the Capitol on Monday. Both performers are regular Obama supporters, and celebrities have been a big part of Mr Obama's strategy to attract voters. Bruce Springsteen is a regular supporter, as is Lena Dunham, Scarlett Johansson, Jay-Z and dozens and dozens of others.
Pop-rock trio fun., who had a wild year with two No. 1 hits, a near-platinum album and six Grammy nominations, will perform for first lady Michelle Obama, Sasha and Malia and Jill Biden on Saturday at the Kids' Inaugural Ball.
"It's been amazing year, and 2013 is kicking off with us doing the inauguration...it's just an incredible thing," said lead singer Nate Ruess. "I think the three of us care so much about Obama and so to be invited, I can't even deal."