Barack Obama's inauguration team announced a big lineup of Hollywood talent on Monday that will perform at the President-elect's opening celebration.
Barack Obama's inauguration team announced a big lineup of Hollywood talent on Monday that will perform at the President-elect's opening celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday. "We Are One: The Obama Inauguration Celebration," which will be shown exclusively on HBO, includes U2, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and over a dozen other performers as well as actors like Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington who will read historical passages. Executive producer George Stevens Jr. told Variety that organizers only began calling talent eight days ago, when they asked Bono, Springsteen and Garth Brooks to perform. "When you get three yesses of people of that stature, you know you are on a roll," said Stevens. The entertainment at the event will reflect themes from Obama's campaign and coming administration, with apt selections such as U2's "Pride (In the Name of Love)," a song about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil-rights movement.