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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Barack's Bash features Jay-Z, Beyonce

January 20th, 2009 saw the United States' first ever African American president take office with the swearing in of Barack H. Obama. The historic inauguration ceremony was attended by hundreds of thousands, and full of celebration. Various celebrations were shown worldwide in schools, churches and other gatherings across the United States. Tuesday night the festivities continued in DC with a star-studded lineup at Barack Obama's "Neighborhood Ball: Inauguration". The party featured talents such as Nick Cannon hosting, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys and Beyonce singing. Various celebs dropped by as well to express their congrats and emcee including Ray Romano and Jamie Foxx.

Oscar award-winning actor Denzel Washington had the honor of introducing President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama at the Ball. R&B diva Beyonce Knowles sang for the couple as they shared their first dance since taking office. Beyonce sang the Etta James classic "At Last" while Barack and Michele slow danced on stage underneath the spotlight. Jay-Z performed his unreleased tribute to Obama entitled "History" which is scheduled to be on his upcoming "The Blueprint 3" album.

Mariah, Shakira, Alicia Keys, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Mary J. Blige, and Maroon 5 got on stage together during the show to commemorate Obama by singing a rousing collaborative version of Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered".

Obama said they came up with the idea for the Neighborhood Ball because they're "neigborhood people" and Obama first cut his teeth while working to help neighborhoods. The 44th President said this Ball captures the true spirit of his campaign involving neighbors, "because together we are going to change America".

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