Barack Obama's team is finalizing the list of entertainment for its array of official inaugural events, and what I hear is that Barbra Streisand, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder are among the top names extended invites to perform.
None of the names is a big surprise: Streisand, Springsteen and Wonder have each performed at fund-raisers and campaign events for the candidate, and Beyonce has expressed her desire to headline if asked.
This year, there are 10 official inaugural balls — in other words, the events where the Obamas are the most likely to attend. On Monday, Obama's Presidential Inaugural Committee announced a "Neighborhood Inaugural Ball" which they call the "premier event of the inauguration evening." Held at the Washington Convention Center, the event is designed to be affordable, with a portion of the tickets set aside for D.C. residents. The event also will feature interactive links to neighborhoods across the country holding their own inauguration festivities.
Meanwhile, more names are being added to the three dozen or so unofficial inaugural balls. Among them is Obama: That One!, a pre-inaugural fete at the Newseum on Jan. 18. It's sponsored by Lifestyle Communications and HBO, and will feature the "CHANGE" Awards, "presented to high-profile opinion-makers from the arts and entertainment, financial and political sectors that have been influential throughout the historic "CHANGE" movement." Honorees so far: Obama's law school classmate Hill Harper, founder of Manifest Your Destiny; and Beverly Bond, founder of Black Girls Rock.
Another event: The Recording Industry Assn. of America is teaming with Feeding America for an inaugural event on Jan. 20, with Rihanna headlining. Proceeds will go to hunger relief.