We Are One Concert: Stars Shine In Inauguration Concert
Two days before the Obama inauguration, thousands gathered outside the Lincoln Memorial for the star-studded We Are Concert.
Stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, U2, and Beyonce played in front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands.
For many, the highlight of the inauguration concert was Bettye Lavette and Jon Bon Jovi's version of "A Change is Gonna Come", a Sam Cooke ballad that became a civil rights anthem.
The Bon Jovi-Lavette duet was an unlikely one. While Bon Jovi remains a global pop star (to the chagrin of many), Lavette is something of an unknown quantity. The veteran soul singer scored several hits in the 1960s and briefly recorded for Motown Records in the 1980s. Her music career was revived in the late 90s after her album Child of the Seventies was re-released. Lavette's performance at the inauguration will no doubt be a boost to the 63-year-old singer's career.
Another memorable duet featured Bruce Springsteen and folk legend Pete Seeger singing Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land is Your Land." Another highlight was Beyonce's rendition of "America the Beautiful."
Other artists performing at the We Are One Concert include James Taylor, Jamie Foxx and Garth Brooks.
HBO aired the concert live and also re-ran the concert later in the day.