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As the capital gears up for the upcoming presidential inauguration, the Kids' Inaugural Concert gave the youth of America a chance to get in on the festivities while honoring military families.
Usher kicked off the evening at the Washington Convention Center with an eclectic mix of acts following him including headliner Katy Perry, making sure there was something for everyone to enjoy.
According to USA Today, Usher performed hits “Yeah” and “Without You” while Far East Movement got the young crowd moving to “Live My Life,” and Glee stars serenaded the crowd with acoustic melodies.
Although the concert was emceed by Nick Cannon, other famous faces contributed video messages, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres were projected on the big screen along with Disney Channel stars and British boy band The Wanted.
Before headliner Katy Perry could take the stage, first lady Obama and second lady Dr. Biden took the stage to salute the children of military families.
According to USA Today, Obama explained that, “Being a military kid means always thinking about things that are so much bigger than yourself. It means growing up so much faster ... by supporting your families you all are helping us protect our country and keep all of us safe."
As Katy Perry closed out the night with a rendition of “Firework,” children on military bases around the country also finished off the concert as it was broadcast live to them.