On January 21 and 22, President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term in the 57th Presidential Inauguration. But you don’t have to be there to get a front row seat to the making of history. NewsOne‘s Senior Editor, Abena Agyeman-Fisher, will act as your eyes and ears with a diary blog that will include photos, video, and unforgettable moments that put you in the center of history. Enjoy!
During his first inauguration, President-Elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, began a new tradition with what they would coin the “Kid’s Inauguration Ball” that would honor the military and their respective families with a star-studded concert. This go-round, the President and First Lady are continuing the tradition.
With Nick Cannon serving as the host, Soul Children of Chicago performed with Black Violin. Dance crew Illuminate and TV sensation Glee were just a few of many artists to perform at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Saturday evening.
Watch Soul Children of Chicago perform with Black violin here:
The most-notable performances of the event, though, included Usher‘s (pictured above) opening performance in addition to Mindless Behavior and an appropriately patriotic Katy Perry (pictured below).
Usher kicked off the wholesome event strong, with high energy, solid vocals, and skilled dance moves, performing hits “OMG” and “Yeah,” among others, while Mindless Behavior were precociously poised in their black suits and received one of the warmest welcomes from the crowd.
But it was Perry’s performance that was in a league of its own.
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Wearing the colors of the American flag, she reminded everyone in attendance why — along with supporting and honoring military families — we were really there: to celebrate four more years of the Obamas!