As Obama completed his train ride from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. for the inauguration, celebrities gathered at capitol to show their support. Many gave speeches and performed for the some of the 5 million people joining in on the inaugural events, yet some celebrities like P. Diddy even hosted their own celebration party. Wyclef Jean played a show at the Green Inaugural Ball on Saturday, supporting environmental awareness in the new administration. Still, the most star-studded opening event started the next day.
The We Are One concert, hosted by HBO at the Lincoln Memorial, brought together dozens of celebrities with a message of unity. Musicians U2 played their hits “Pride (In the Name of Love)” and “City of Blinding Lights” while Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger played a rendition of “This Land Is Your Land”. Other performances included a duet of Bob Marley’s “One Love” by Sheryl Crow and Will.I.Am, a Mary J. Blige cover of “Lean On Me”, and James Taylor and John legend together on stage with “Shower the People”. Actors Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Jack Black, and Tom Hanks gave inspiring speeches, recalling famous quotes from Abraham Lincoln, FRD, and Martin Luther King. The event concluded with Beyonce Knowles performing “America the Beautiful”.
With many more inaugural events to come, the list of celebrities showing up to support the president will be on a scale never seen before. Other stars such as Elvis Costello, Young Jeezy, Ashley Judd, T.I., Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge, LL Cool J and Sting will also be participating in other various events. Many of the stars used their fame to help support Obama during his campaign, now they’re showing up to celebrate the 4 years to come.