The Presidential Inaugural Committee said Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder are among the big-name performers who will take part in the Obama inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday night.
The free-to-the-public event will be broadcast from 7-9 p.m. ET/PT. The special will be aired by HBO in an exclusive arrangement, but HBO has said it will make it available to all cable and satellite TV providers’ customers.
Musical performers scheduled for the “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial” include Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher Raymond IV, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, will.i.am, and Stevie Wonder.
Among those reading historical passages will be Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington. The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson will give the invocation. Rob Mathes will be the music director and arranger for the backing band, which will support all of the artists.
The special will be executive produced by George Stevens, Jr. (The Kennedy Center Honors), and produced by Don Mischer (Olympic Ceremonies) who will also direct the special, and Michael Stevens (The American Film Institute Salutes) who is also writing the special, and will be a production of The Stevens Company in association with Don Mischer Productions.