We are One Inaugural Celebration

The ‘We Are One’ celebration was the star-studded kickoff of official inaugural festivities which occurred on Sunday, Jan. 18. The event, which was free and open to the public happened at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The lineup of performers mixed some of today’s biggest pop stars with iconic musical luminaries. Beyonce, Usher, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder and many more artists appeared on stage. In addition, an assortment of leading actors read historical passages throughout the program.

Pictured: Musicians Shakira, Stevie Wonder and Usher perform in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial” on January 18, 2009 at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The event includes a diverse array of talent featuring both musical performances and historical readings and an appearance by U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Pics from the event are below:

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