Eminem, Rihanna To Perform At “Concert For Valor”

10-3-2014 12-00-39 PM

Dubbed as the “Concert for Valor,” Eminem, Rihanna and Jamie Foxx are among the lineup slated to perform at the National Mall in Washington D.C. to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11. Hosted by Starbucks and HBO, the concert is expected to draw a quarter of a million attendees for the special event.

“We are honored to play a small role to help raise awareness and support for our service men and women,” HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said, per Variety. “Their immeasurable sacrifice deserves our nation’s gratitude. This event will not only celebrate their service, but help remind Americans of the many challenges they face on and off the battlefield.”

On the grounds between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, organizers plan to arrange dedicated seating for military families, with tickets distributed through various veterans assistance organizations.

So what does coffee have to do with all this?

Starbucks chairmen, president and chief executive Howard Schultz has made veterans’ support one of the company’s central causes. His forthcoming book, “For Love of Country,” documents the struggles veterans have faced on the battlefield and back home.

Last year, Starbucks pledged to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses before 2019.

The last time an extravaganza was held on the Mall was President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, when Springsteen, Beyoncé, Shakira, Stevie Wonder, Usher, U2, Garth Brooks and many others sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for MTV)