Katy Perry Set to Join Inaguration Concert: Politics Now More A-List than the Grammys 

ALTThe most star-studded event this season isn’t turning out to be the Golden Globes or the Oscars or even taking place in Hollywood, for that matter. Rather, it’s President Barack Obama‘s Inauguration on January 21 in Washington, D.C. With Beyoncé already slated to sing the National Anthem (along with James Taylor, who will sing “American the Beautiful” and Kelly Clarkson, who will take on “My Country Tis of Thee”) at President Obama’s second swearing-in, the historic weekend has even more star power lined up. 

The Presidential Inauguration Committee has announced that Katy Perry (who subtly showed her support earlier this year in a variety of ways, including the dress she’s wearing at left), Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, fun., John Legend, Usher, Marc Anthony, Nick Cannon, Mindless Behavior, Far East Movement, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and the cast of Glee will all take part in the the Inaugural kids’ concert and balls. 
The Kids’ Inaugural concert, which is hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19. On Inauguration Day there will be two balls, the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball and The Inaugural Ball. All three of these events will held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Other celebrities, whose names have not been announced yet, are expected to attend. 

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