Aretha Franklin to perform at Obama's inaugural ceremony

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Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): 'The Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin will be among the lucky artists who will perform at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on January 20 in Washington DC.

The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies has announced the program for Obama's swearing-in ceremony, reports CBS News.

And the event will see a number of musical greats and famous names performing on stage, which include Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma other than Franklin.

Two famous spiritual leaders also will make remarks -- Dr. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California (who hosted a forum with Mr. Obama and Sen. John McCain in August) and Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery (who co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Here's the full lineup, as announced by the committee:

Musical Selections

The United States Marine Band

Musical Selections

The San Francisco Boys Chorus and the San Francisco Girls Chorus

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein


Dr. Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA

Musical Selection

Aretha Franklin

Oath of Office Administered to Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

By Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, The Honorable John Paul Stevens

Musical Selection, John Williams, composer/arranger

Itzhak Perlman, Violin

Yo-Yo Ma, Cello

Gabriela Montero, Piano

Anthony McGill, Clarinet

Oath of Office Administered to President-elect Barack H. Obama y the Chief Justice of the United States, The Honorable John G. Roberts, Jr.

Inaugural Address

The President of the United States, The Honorable Barack H. Obama


Elizabeth Alexander


The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

The National Anthem

The United States Navy Band "Sea Chanters" (ANI)

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