President Barack Obama‘s inauguration is shaping up to be an event as star-studded as any red carpet, with performances from heavy-hitters like Beyonce, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, 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 in Washington. Clarkson will sing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” Planners of the event said the president personally selected the performers.
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.”
The band will be joined at the concert by Perry, Wonder, Keys, Usher, Smokey Robinson, Paisley, Marc Anthony, Mindless Behavior, Nick Cannon and the cast of “Glee.”
“I think they’re all very talented people. Stevie’s my brother and so is Usher,” Robinson said in an interview. “I know Katy…I’m very happy to be performing among them.”
While there will be no shortage of star power, it’s not quite a repeat of the 2009 inauguration when everyone who’s anyone flocked to Washington for a televised concert on the Mall.