Songstress Alicia Keys paid tribute to President Barack Obama during his Inaugural Ball Monday night by changing the words to her hit tune "Girl on Fire."
She delivered the tweaked lyrics while seated at a grand piano at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Keys started the song with the line, "He's the president and he's on fire," and continued small tweaks until she hit the chorus, which went:
Obama’s on fire Obama’s on fire He's walking on fire Obama’s on fire
Later on, she threw in a mention to the first lady:
As we get closer to President Barack Obama's second inauguration, celebrity acts continue to sign on to take part in the festivities. The latest boldface names to officially join in the action are Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Usher, Brad Paisley and the cast of "Glee."
That crop of singers, along with Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marc Anthony and John Legend, Nick Cannon, fun., and Mindless Behavior are expected to make appearances at various events, including the Kids' Inaugural on Saturday, Jan. 19, and the official inaugural balls that take place the evening of Jan. 21.
The Kids' Inaugural is hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden and is part of their commitment to military families; the concert honors and celebrates the service and sacrifice of the U.S. military and their families. Inaugural officials have not indicated which performers will be at the Kids' Inaugural, and which will perform at other balls.
For those seeking out public performances, the actual inauguration ceremony on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21 is the best bet. Beyonce will be there to perform the national anthem; James Taylor is scheduled to sing "Shower the People;" Kelly Clarkson will sing "America the Beautiful."
Paul McCartney jamming with Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder duetting with Roger Waters on a Pink Floyd song are just two of the acts in store at a benefit concert on Wednesday for victims of Superstorm Sandy, producers say.
The "12-12-12" concert at New York's Madison Square Garden features a who's who of rock and pop, including The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Kanye West and Bon Jovi.
Producer John Sykes said the fundraiser would feature "the greatest lineup of legends ever assembled on a stage."
He said Waters, McCartney and Chris Martin of Coldplay "are reaching out to other legends to join them on stage and create once-in-a-lifetime moments."
Sykes said $32 million has already been raised from ticket sales and sponsorships. With the concert's potential to reach 2 billion people through broadcast and digital platforms, organizers are hoping to raise tens of millions more.
To help with the fundraising, celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Kristen Stewart, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chelsea Clinton and Billy Crystal will take part in a telethon during the concert, which starts at 7:30 pm ET and is expected to last between four and five hours.
The "12-12-12" concert will be broadcast live on television, radio, movie theaters, on Facebook and iHeartRadio and streamed on digital billboards in New York's Times Square, London and Paris.
More than 130 people were killed when Sandy pummeled the east coast of the United States in October. Thousands more were left homeless as the storm tore through areas of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, causing billions of dollars in damage.
Sykes said that personal stories of neighborhoods and people severely affected by Sandy will be showcased during the concert. Sykes was involved with "The Concert for New York City" after the September 11, 2001 attacks, which raised more than $30 million for charity.
He said technological advances over the past decade have exponentially changed the reach of fundraising.
"We have both traditional and new media behind us in a way that we've never had before, and that is really going to be the 'x-factor' on how much money we can raise for the victims," Sykes said.
Donations raised from the one-night concert produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and The Weinstein Company, will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which will provide money and materials to groups helping people hardest hit by the storm.