KIDS’ INAUGURAL CONCERT RECOGNIZES MILITARY FAMILIES
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden organized the event to honor children in military families. (Clarece Polke)
WASHINGTON — Tanisha Johnson donned her Sunday best to attend the Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Saturday night. Though it was a star-studded event, with performances ranging from Usher and Far East Movement to the R&B and pop quartet Mindless Behavior, Johnson said her favorite performances of the night were from Naya Rivera and Darren Criss from the cast of “Glee,” and Black Violin, a violin hip-hop duo from Florida.
“It was so the best night ever,” Johnson said. “I watch ‘Glee’ all the time, and then they were right there in front of me.”
The event was organized by First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate military families. Hosted by media mogul Nick Cannon, the theme of the night was “Joining Forces,” named for the White House initiative to help servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses find jobs and resources in the U.S.
Military children received personalized videos with words of appreciation from countless stars, including Kerry Washington, Ryan Seacrest, the cast of “Yo Gabba Gabba,” The Wanted, Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres.
R&B singer Usher Raymond also started the show with words of encouragement after performing his 2004 hit single “Yeah.”
“A lot of you … well, almost all of you are too young to vote,” he told audience members. “But the point is that your voice does matter.”
Obama closed out the night with a personal statement to audience members about the difficulties of being in a military family, and the importance of showing appreciation and gratitude to them.
“When I think about who we are, when I think about what makes America great, I think about all of you,” she told the audience Saturday night. “Our men and women in uniform, our military spouses and our amazing military kids. And that’s why Jill [Biden] and I wanted to host this event.”
She then introduced the final surprise performer of the night, Katy Perry.
Perry performed her hit songs “Teenage Dream,” “Part of Me” and “Firework,” the last of which was accompanied by a compilation video of Obama. After the show, she expressed her support for the administration.
“It’s so great to see the Obamas and the Bidens for four more years,” Perry shouted to the audience, to much applause. “They fit really well.”