- Published on Tuesday, January 22 2013
- Written by Sarah Osman
As President Obama was officially sworn in for his second term as President in the Oval Office over the weekend, his wife Michelle Obama held an inauguration celebration of her own. In the Washington Convention Center, the First Lady, along with Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, held the Kids Inaugural Concert, thrown for children of military families. Emceed by Nick Cannon, a slew of stars came out to perform and pay their respects to these special kids, including Usher, Katy Perry, and the stars of “Glee”.
Usher kicked off the show by playing some of his biggest hits, and was recognized as Justin Bieber’s mentor. He then gave a speech on the importance of youth activism, as well as on the important role that military children play in our country. He wasn’t the only one who gave a riling speech, as the stars of “Shake It Up!”, Big Time Rush, and The Wanted sent in video messages, as did talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Amber Riley, known for her role as Mercedes on “Glee”, sang a particularly moving rendition of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” while Darren Criss and Naya Rivera performed their own acoustic songs. Katy Perry took the stage last in a fabulous Uncle Sam-inspired outfit (it was easily the best outfit of the night) and performed four of her most well-known songs. Perry, who is well-known for her support of President Obama, danced before a photo montage of the President and celebrated by chanting “Four more years!”
Even the POTUS and Vice President Joe Biden themselves came out to join the fun, as the VP was seen rocking out to Katy Perry. Pretty cool to know that we have a veep who likes to party with Perry, eh?
- Sarah Osman, YH Staff