Courtesy of USA Today
Get ready to rock out! Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are hosting a concert honoring military families tonight in Washington. “Kids’ Inaugural: Our Children. Our Future.” will feature performances by Katy Perry, Usher and fun. Check here for live updates from the scene.
Photos: Kids’ Inaugural
8:13 p.m.: The last song of the night: Firework and it ” goes out to all the sparks.” Perry was wearing high-waisted, sequined flag stripe shorts, but has covered up with a long American flag skirt.
8:11 p.m.: Not even Katy Perry can beat the mighty forces of bedtime. The convention center is quickly clearing out.
8:08 p.m.: Perry is singing Wide Awake with the help of a microphone bedazzled with the American flag.
8:03 p.m.: Next up: Part of Me.
7:58 p.m.: Katy Perry, in a daring but patriotic flag outfit, sings Teenage Dream. Cameras on the live web stream cut to Malia Obama rocking out in the front row, mouthing every word.
7:56 p.m.: Obama continues, describing what it means to be a military child: “It 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. We are so proud of you…In the coming years as these wars draw to an end and we draw down our troops, I want you all to know, we will not be drawing down our work to support you. We will be doing just the opposite….We will do everything in our power to make sure our military families get the benefits they’ve earned and the support they deserve.”
7:49 p.m.: Michelle Obama takes the stage. “For me this is what inauguration is all about. It’s about celebrating who we are as Americans….When I think about what makes America great, I think about all of you…that’s why Jill and I wanted to host this event.”
7:46 p.m.: Jill Biden greets the crowd and tells the children of military members, “We will be here for you when your moms and dads are away.”
7:38 p.m.: David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon (introducing himself as Harry Styles from One Direction!) and Ellen DeGeneres appear in a taped message thanking military families.
7:34 p.m.: Criss is joined by the Soul Children of Chicago to “sing a song about never being alone, and I think it’s very appropriate as we celebrate this new beginning.” (Song title is Never Alone.)
7:31 p.m.: Riley is singing Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful.
7:28 p.m.: Rivera is singing Valerie with Criss on guitar.
7:27 p.m.: Rocsi Diaz introduces Darren Criss, Naya Rivera and Amber Riley from Glee. “We’re gonna chill it out a little bit and get acoustic,” says Criss.
7:19 p.m.: “Sasha and Malia you both look beautiful tonight, and we’re looking for our Mrs. Right,” says the lead singer of Mindless Behavior. No surprise, the next song is Mrs. Right.
7:16 p.m.: Mindless Behavior’s turn to jam. My Girl is the song.
7:06 p.m.: Black Violin is playing a cover of the Beatles’ Come Together accompanied by the Soul Children.
7:04 p.m.: The evening’s host, Nick Cannon, introduces the Soul Children of Chicago and Black Violin as performers “the First Lady wanted you to meet.”
7 p.m.: Dancing with the Stars winner J.R. Martinez chats with the crowd.
6:58 p.m.: Taped messages from The Wanted, American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest and Django Unchained’s Kerry Washington play in tribute to the military families.
6:55 p.m.: iLuminate from America’s Got Talent is performing a glow stick dance to The Wanted’s Glad You Came.
6:50 p.m.: Far East Movement, known for its club-friendly music, sings a sanitized version of Live My Life.
6:45 p.m.: Far East Movement has taken the stage. They say they “came here to turn up the love.”
6:38 p.m.: Next tune: Oh My Gosh.
6:35 p.m.: Usher is singing Without You. Before the song, he thanked Michelle Obama and Jill Biden for the “amazing event.” Mid-song Usher says: “Service men and women, we couldn’t do it without you.”
6:25 p.m.: The show has started. Usher is first up. He’s singing his hit Yeah. The stage is bathed in neon green and blue light. Usher’s sporting a motorcycle jacket and Justin Bieber-like low crotch pants.
6:10 p.m.: The Obamas aren’t the only presidential partygoers. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt are also at the event, at least in Washington National mascot form.
5:50 p.m.: The atmosphere is lively and relaxed. Kids and their parents are being shepherded to their seats. A scattered few have come in uniform, but for the most part, attendees went casual in jeans and sweatshirts.