NEW YORK (AP) – Judging by the lineup, Sunday’s inaugural celebration for Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial is a coveted gig for music’s top names.

Beyonce, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Usher, Shakira, Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban and James Taylor are among the musicians scheduled to perform Sunday afternoon. The president-elect and his family are due to attend, with Obama expected to speak.

Other performers include Stevie Wonder, Renee Fleming, Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles. Historical passages will be read by Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington, with other celebrities expected to join them.

HBO will televise the show at 7 p.m. EST.

The artists won’t be performing their big hits, but will be asked to perform material appropriate to the occasion. One musician will be asked to perform “A Change Is Gonna Come,” the song made famous by Sam Cooke.

Springsteen will perform “The Rising,” Stevens said.

Stevens is a producer of “The Kennedy Center Honors” and will be working Sunday with Don Mischer, who has produced Olympics ceremonies in the past. Stevens is a longtime Obama supporter. HBO televised a similar inaugural concert in 1993, for President Clinton’s first term in office.

HBO will be offering an open feed to its cable and satellite distributors on Sunday, meaning the pay cable network will be given free to anyone who wants to watch it.

After a cold snap later in the week, Washington’s long-range forecast calls for partly cloudy weather and temperatures in the mid-30s for the outdoor concert.

“We love it,” Stevens said. “We’re very Zen about this. We’re just going to make it work.”


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