PRESS RELEASE from Presidential
January 13, 2009
|Contact: PIC Communications
Presidential Inaugural Committee
Announces Talent Lineup for Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and Kids'
Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah
Carey, Faith Hill, JAY-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira and Stevie Wonder to
perform, Nick Cannon to DJ at Neighborhood Inaugural Ball Airing
Exclusively on ABC, Tuesday January 20
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) announced today the producers
and initial talent lineup for "The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration
Celebration," which will air live on ABC (8:00 - 10:00 p.m. ET/PT,
Tuesday, January 20), and the "Kids' Inaugural: We Are The
Future," a concert honoring military families airing on Disney Channel
(8:00 - 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, Monday, January 19).
Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi
Lovato and Bow Wow to perform with Billy Ray Cyrus, Keke Palmer, Usher
and Shaquille O'Neal scheduled to appear during Kids' Inaugural Concert
Airing Exclusively on Disney Channel Monday, January 19
Musical performers scheduled for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball
include Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, JAY-Z, Alicia
Keys, Shakira and Stevie Wonder. Nick Cannon will DJ the
event. Additional performers will be announced as they are confirmed.
Musical performances for the Kids' Inaugural event include the Jonas
Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Bow Wow. Billy Ray Cyrus,
Keke Palmer, and Usher Raymond IV are also scheduled to appear.
13-year-old Perry Rubin, daughter of entertainment reporter Sam Rubin,
will be the special backstage correspondent. Additional
performers and guests will be announced as they are confirmed.
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss/White Cherry Entertainment are Executive
Producers of the Neighborhood Inaugural ball, with Glenn Weiss
directing. White Cherry Entertainment is also executive producing
the 2009 Super Bowl Halftime Show and the 2009 Tony Awards, with Weiss
also serving as Director.
The Kids' Inaugural concert special is executive produced by Greg
Sills. Sills previously produced The Concert for New York
(post-9/11), the Kids Choice Awards, and the VH1 Rock Honors.
Louis J. Horvitz is the director.
"We are honored and excited to have such top level talent performing
and producing these events," said Emmett S. Beliveau, Executive
Director of the PIC. "Working with ABC and Disney, we are
bringing these exciting performances into the homes of millions of
Americans to make this the most open and accessible inauguration
The PIC today also announced Ricky Kirshner is the Executive Producer
for all PIC TV events and Lisa Geers is the Excecutive in charge of
production for all PIC TV events.
In an effort to make this inaugural celebration open and accessible to
all Americans, President-elect Barack Obama will host the first-ever
"Neighborhood Inaugural Ball," the premier event of inauguration
evening, on January 20th. To help bring this unique event
to neighborhoods across the nation, ABC will broadcast "The
Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration." The event will air
live from the Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C., TUESDAY, JANUARY 20 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET).
On MONDAY, JANUARY 19 (8:00 - 9:30
p.m. ET) Disney Channel will present "Kids' Inaugural: We Are
The Future," a concert celebration from the Verizon Center in
Washington, D.C. honoring military families. This inaugural
concert celebration will be hosted by Mrs. Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill
Biden and their families. The event will be simulcast on Radio
Disney, and will be streamed on Disney.com immediately following the
culmination of the telecast on Disney Channel.
Beginning January 16, Disney.com guests are invited to join the
celebration on the Kids Inaugural page www.Disney.com/USA which will
feature polls, games and videos on the concert performers and a
component which allows guests to chat with friends and send "shout
outs" by texting USA, their first name and message to DISNEY (347639).
Standard carrier fees apply and a parent's permission is required if
users are under age 18.
For the latest information on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration,
please visit www.pic2009.org.