The Road to January 20: MTV Ball

MTV plans to throw the “Be the Change Inaugural Ball” at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington.

Just hearing about it gives me flashbacks to 1993, when an MTV ball for Bill Clinton drew the likes of Natalie Merchant and Michael Stipe, with Tabitha Soren offering the commentary.

This ball, to be shown on MTV and, will feature hundreds of young people chosen to attend based on their demonstrated volunteerism.

Other events planned at what the Wall Street Journal is calling “Washington’s Woodstock”: a Creative Coalition gala, with Elvis Costello apparently performing; Bytes and Books Inaugural Ball, the National Coalition for Technology In Education and Training plans to honor George Lucas and Sen. Ted Kennedy; a Human Rights Foundation gala “Equality Ball” with Melissa Etheridge, Cyndi Lauper and Rufus Wainwright; and an after-hours party co-hosted by Hill Harper and Nicole Avant.

Other highlights here.

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