January 16, 2009 / 2:07 AM / 10 years ago

Bono, Bruce, Beyonce to play inaugural concert

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Bono and more than a dozen other music stars will kick off Barack Obama’s presidential inaugural festivities by performing at the opening celebration at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial on January 18.

Bono speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative, in New York, September 24, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East

The free event, which is open to the public, will also be broadcast on HBO.

Nineteen performers, including Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Herbie Hancock, Usher, Shakira, and Sheryl Crow, are scheduled to appear at We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial. Queen Latifah, along with Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III and Denzel Washington, will give historical readings at the event.

The We Are One opening celebration launches a four-day schedule of inaugural events that will include 10 official inaugural balls, as well as a youth concert at the Verizon Center on the eve of Inauguration Day.

A number of other music events celebrating Obama’s inauguration will take place around Washington, D.C, including the Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow headlining a “Hey, America Feels Kinda Cool Again” event January 19 at the 9:30 club; WAR and Marc Anthony appearing at the Latino Inaugural Gala at Union Station on January 18; Jay-Z January 19 at the Warner Theater; and Bela Fleck and Wynton Marsalis performing at CNN’s inaugural event January 19 at the Kennedy Center.

Here is the initial music lineup for “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial”:


Mary J. Blige


Garth Brooks

Sheryl Crow

Renee Fleming

Josh Groban

Herbie Hancock

Heather Headley

John Legend

Jennifer Nettles

John Mellencamp

Usher Raymond IV


Bruce Springsteen

James Taylor


Stevie Wonder


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