We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration

Sun, 01/18/2009 - 2:00pm

Beyoncé Knowles, one of the performers for the Obama Inauguration.

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NPR will be the only radio broadcaster of the concert We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration, the star-studded kickoff of official inaugural festivities, starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 18 on WRUR-FM 88.5. The event, which is free and open to the public at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be broadcast by NPR to public radio stations nationwide. The event will all be televised by HBO.

The lineup of performers mixes some of today's biggest pop stars with iconic musical luminaries. Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder, and many more artists are all scheduled to appear on stage. In addition, an assortment of leading actors will read historical passages throughout the special. A full list appears below.

According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, "The Sunday afternoon performance will be grounded in history and brought to life with entertainment that relates to the themes that shaped Barack Obama, and which will be the hallmarks of his administration." The concert portion will start around 2:30 p.m. At the end of the performance, Obama will address the crowd.

NPR's Lisa Simeone will anchor the three-hour broadcast. Pulitzer Prize-winning music critic Tim Page will also be on hand to preview the music at Obama's inaugural ball.

Scheduled To Perform:

Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Bettye Lavette, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, Usher, will.i.am, Stevie Wonder.

With Readings By:

Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney, Denzel Washington. The Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson will give the invocation.