Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Usher and More Tapped for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration

Stars to perform for Obama's inauguration

Hollywood is ready to ring in President Barack Obama’s second term.

After stumping for him during his re-election campaign last year, stars like Katy Perry, John Legend, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys are set to light up the stage during festivities to mark Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., this month.

The musical acts were announced Friday by the Presidential Inauguration Committee, which already tapped Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylorto sing the national anthem, “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful,” respectively, at the official inauguration ceremony in front of the Capitol on Jan. 21.

The celebrity-laden lineup will entertain at events surrounding Obama’s swearing-in.

With more than 35,000 people to attend at the Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C., the Inaugural Ball will be a way for Obama supporters — members of the public along with campaign volunteers — to toast the president’s next four years in the White House.

But the Commander in Chief’s Ball, a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005, is solely for active duty servicemen and women, along with veterans, and will be free of charge for all guests.

“Michelle and I look forward to attending…and sharing this special evening with representatives of our armed forces,” Obama said in a statement.

Then there’s the Kids’ Inaugural Concert, which will be hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama along with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, on Jan. 19.

The star-studded roster for the festivities also includes country singer Brad Paisley, hip-hop quartet Far East Movement, Grammy-nominated indie-rock trio fun., cast members from Glee, Latin star Marc Anthony, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, R&B singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, among other yet to be announced.

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Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Usher and More Tapped for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration

Stars to perform for Obama's inauguration

Hollywood is ready to ring in President Barack Obama’s second term.

After stumping for him during his re-election campaign last year, stars like Katy Perry, John Legend, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys are set to light up the stage during festivities to mark Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., this month.

The musical acts were announced Friday by the Presidential Inauguration Committee, which already tapped Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylorto sing the national anthem, “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful,” respectively, at the official inauguration ceremony in front of the Capitol on Jan. 21.

The celebrity-laden lineup will entertain at events surrounding Obama’s swearing-in.

With more than 35,000 people to attend at the Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C., the Inaugural Ball will be a way for Obama supporters — members of the public along with campaign volunteers — to toast the president’s next four years in the White House.

But the Commander in Chief’s Ball, a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005, is solely for active duty servicemen and women, along with veterans, and will be free of charge for all guests.

“Michelle and I look forward to attending…and sharing this special evening with representatives of our armed forces,” Obama said in a statement.

Then there’s the Kids’ Inaugural Concert, which will be hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama along with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, on Jan. 19.

The star-studded roster for the festivities also includes country singer Brad Paisley, hip-hop quartet Far East Movement, Grammy-nominated indie-rock trio fun., cast members from Glee, Latin star Marc Anthony, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, R&B singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, among other yet to be announced.

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Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Usher and More Tapped for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration

Stars to perform for Obama's inauguration

Hollywood is ready to ring in President Barack Obama’s second term.

After stumping for him during his re-election campaign last year, stars like Katy Perry, John Legend, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys are set to light up the stage during festivities to mark Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., this month.

The musical acts were announced Friday by the Presidential Inauguration Committee, which already tapped Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylorto sing the national anthem, “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful,” respectively, at the official inauguration ceremony in front of the Capitol on Jan. 21.

The celebrity-laden lineup will entertain at events surrounding Obama’s swearing-in.

With more than 35,000 people to attend at the Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C., the Inaugural Ball will be a way for Obama supporters — members of the public along with campaign volunteers — to toast the president’s next four years in the White House.

But the Commander in Chief’s Ball, a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005, is solely for active duty servicemen and women, along with veterans, and will be free of charge for all guests.

“Michelle and I look forward to attending…and sharing this special evening with representatives of our armed forces,” Obama said in a statement.

Then there’s the Kids’ Inaugural Concert, which will be hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama along with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, on Jan. 19.

The star-studded roster for the festivities also includes country singer Brad Paisley, hip-hop quartet Far East Movement, Grammy-nominated indie-rock trio fun., cast members from Glee, Latin star Marc Anthony, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, R&B singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, among other yet to be announced.

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Katy Perry, Alicia Keys, Usher and More Tapped for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration

Stars to perform for Obama's inauguration

Hollywood is ready to ring in President Barack Obama’s second term.

After stumping for him during his re-election campaign last year, stars like Katy Perry, John Legend, Usher, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys are set to light up the stage during festivities to mark Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., this month.

The musical acts were announced Friday by the Presidential Inauguration Committee, which already tapped Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, and James Taylorto sing the national anthem, “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful,” respectively, at the official inauguration ceremony in front of the Capitol on Jan. 21.

The celebrity-laden lineup will entertain at events surrounding Obama’s swearing-in.

With more than 35,000 people to attend at the Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C., the Inaugural Ball will be a way for Obama supporters — members of the public along with campaign volunteers — to toast the president’s next four years in the White House.

But the Commander in Chief’s Ball, a tradition started by President George W. Bush in 2005, is solely for active duty servicemen and women, along with veterans, and will be free of charge for all guests.

“Michelle and I look forward to attending…and sharing this special evening with representatives of our armed forces,” Obama said in a statement.

Then there’s the Kids’ Inaugural Concert, which will be hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama along with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, on Jan. 19.

The star-studded roster for the festivities also includes country singer Brad Paisley, hip-hop quartet Far East Movement, Grammy-nominated indie-rock trio fun., cast members from Glee, Latin star Marc Anthony, America’s Got Talent host Nick Cannon, R&B singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson, among other yet to be announced.

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7 Celebrities Who Bounced Back From Bad Break-Ups With New Relationships (PHOTOS)

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Big girls don’t cry.

Hollywood’s hottest ladies aren’t shedding any tears over their latest breakups. Instead, they’re happily moving onto their next relationships.

Case in point: Jennifer Lopez. The 43-year-old found love with her backup dancer, Casper Smart, 25, shortly after divorcing from Marc Anthony, 44.

Lopez and Anthony had been married for seven years, but called it quits in July, 2011. Months later, a happy Lopez was seen snuggling up to Smart while on her Dance Again world tour.

“Wide Awake” singer Katy Perry didn’t let her 2011 divorce to Russell Brand ruin her romantic spirit, either.

Perry, 26, began dating crooner John Mayer, 35, in summer of 2012 — but things didn’t officially heat up between them until October when the two spent Mayer’s 35th birthday together in New York City.

Click on the gallery above to check out the latest Hollywood ladies who are bouncing back from their past relationships with new beaus.

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Marc Anthony Releasing Salsa Album in 2013

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Marc Anthony isn’t sitting back, pining over his ex-wife Jennifer Lopez. The singer (and father of her twins, Emme and Max) is fully focused on work.

He has reunited with producer Sergio George and is recording his next record! He’ll be revisiting a formula that served him well — it’ll be a salsa record with brand new tracks, and George hopes that Anthony can reinvent the beloved genre with his efforts.

“We’re doing a salsa album with brand new songs,” George told Billboard. The impetus for Anthony returning to the salsa genre was his appearance the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival in August, where he sang as part of George’s All Star Salsa Friends. That got the ball rolling, so to speak.

George pointed out that while the salsa sound is “loved” and “very hot,” there aren’t “good new salsa interpreters.” He suggested that Anthony’s latest foray into the genre could be the one that re-interprets it and gives it new life.

“There might be a couple of surprises on this album that people won’t expect from him,” George said. “This is totally new.”

They are recording in Miami, with musicians from salsa capitals Puerto Rico and New York being flown in to participate. A new single could be available as early as the beginning of 2013.

Anthony and George worked together previously on Anthony’s ‘Todo a su Tiempo,’ which was a gold-selling effort. They also teamed up for the singer’s salsa debut, 1993′s ‘Otra Nota.’ Marc’s most recent studio release was a covers album that came out in 2010 in the form of ‘Iconos,’ where he sang his renditions of classic Latin love ballads.

Are you excited about Marc Anthony dipping his toes back into the salsa pool?

Watch the Marc Anthony ‘Valio La Pena’ (Salsa Version) Video

‘X Factor’ Preview: Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Marc Anthony and Will.I.Am Drop in for Judges’ Homes Round (VIDEO)

Thousands arrived for open auditions. That turned to just 120 contenders at Boot Camp. And only 24 hopefuls will move on to the Judges’ Homes round this week on FOX’s The X Factor.

“I like this part of the show, because this is when you get to separate from the other three judges,” judge and executive producer Simon Cowell says of the Judges’ Homes round. “You are one-on-one. You are in much more control of the situation. You are choosing the material. You are in very close proximity to the artists. You get to know more about them and it’s kind of intimate.”

“It’s also the section of the show where I can really start to feel who has got that winner’s potential star quality,” he adds. “So, I like doing this part.”

But, the judges don’t have to go it alone. What do the judges and guest mentors have to say about joining up?

The round brings some superstar arrivals. Justin Bieber joins L.A. Reid, Nick Jonas reunites with Demi Lovato, Will.I.Am helps Britney Spears out and Marc Anthony will give Simon Cowell a helping hand.

“I like Marc and he is a good friend of mine,” Cowell shares of the Latin singer. “And he has, my God, he’s got opinions, Marc, and he is not afraid to share them and he is funny and I trust him and he is both an artist and an executive and I like that combination and I’m very, very comfortable with Marc and I trust him.”

Trust is apparently one of the major reasons Lovato brought on Jonas for her guest mentor, someone she’s known for about six years from touring, the Disney Channel and while dating his brother and bandmate, Joe Jonas.

“The reason why I picked Nick is because we kind of grew up together,” Lovato says. “We’ve known each other since we were 14 and now we’re 20 years old and we’ve continued to have successful careers and he’s been all over the world, sold so many records, hit songs. I mean, he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a really smart, intelligent guy and, plus, we just know each other so well and we have so much fun together.”

And as for Spears, Will.I.Am says the opportunity to mentor with her came up organically. “We were working in the studio on a song for my record,” he remembers.

“We were just chitchatting about what we had going on this year and next year, and she mentioned the Judge’s House,” he continued. “She asked if I would want to get down and mentor the kids with her. I was like, ‘Hell yeah. What, you crazy?’ ”

Watch a preview of the guest mentors during the Judges’ Homes rounds above.

The X Factor airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 PM on FOX.

Which coach-mentor duo are you most looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments section below.

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‘X Factor’ Preview: Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Marc Anthony and Will.I.Am Drop in for Judges’ Homes Round (VIDEO)

Thousands arrived for open auditions. That turned to just 120 contenders at Boot Camp. And only 24 hopefuls will move on to the Judges’ Homes round this week on FOX’s The X Factor.

“I like this part of the show, because this is when you get to separate from the other three judges,” judge and executive producer Simon Cowell says of the Judges’ Homes round. “You are one-on-one. You are in much more control of the situation. You are choosing the material. You are in very close proximity to the artists. You get to know more about them and it’s kind of intimate.”

“It’s also the section of the show where I can really start to feel who has got that winner’s potential star quality,” he adds. “So, I like doing this part.”

But, the judges don’t have to go it alone. What do the judges and guest mentors have to say about joining up?

The round brings some superstar arrivals. Justin Bieber joins L.A. Reid, Nick Jonas reunites with Demi Lovato, Will.I.Am helps Britney Spears out and Marc Anthony will give Simon Cowell a helping hand.

“I like Marc and he is a good friend of mine,” Cowell shares of the Latin singer. “And he has, my God, he’s got opinions, Marc, and he is not afraid to share them and he is funny and I trust him and he is both an artist and an executive and I like that combination and I’m very, very comfortable with Marc and I trust him.”

Trust is apparently one of the major reasons Lovato brought on Jonas for her guest mentor, someone she’s known for about six years from touring, the Disney Channel and while dating his brother and bandmate, Joe Jonas.

“The reason why I picked Nick is because we kind of grew up together,” Lovato says. “We’ve known each other since we were 14 and now we’re 20 years old and we’ve continued to have successful careers and he’s been all over the world, sold so many records, hit songs. I mean, he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a really smart, intelligent guy and, plus, we just know each other so well and we have so much fun together.”

And as for Spears, Will.I.Am says the opportunity to mentor with her came up organically. “We were working in the studio on a song for my record,” he remembers.

“We were just chitchatting about what we had going on this year and next year, and she mentioned the Judge’s House,” he continued. “She asked if I would want to get down and mentor the kids with her. I was like, ‘Hell yeah. What, you crazy?’ ”

Watch a preview of the guest mentors during the Judges’ Homes rounds above.

The X Factor airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 PM on FOX.

Which coach-mentor duo are you most looking forward to seeing? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker and More: Stars Who Are Parents to Twins (GALLERY)

Everything is better in pairs — especially for new parents Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, who welcomed twins into the world.

“The babies were born a few weeks early, but are in good health and both Mom and Dad are overjoyed,” said a joint statement from their reps on Wednesday.

And the True Blood costars-turned-lovers certainly aren’t the first celebrities to get a double delivery from the stork.

So what other couples in Hollywood are proud parents to twins?

From Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, to Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, plenty of A-listers have had a dose of double baby joy.

On their third wedding anniversary, Carey and Cannon welcomed fraternal twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe in April 2011.

Parker and Broderick didn’t want to settle for one offspring: In June 20092, the Sex and the City star and her actor hubby welcomed twin girls Marion Loretta and Tabitha Hodge via surrogate, joining big brother James Wilkie.

And Brangelina added to their seemingly ever-growing brood in July 2008, when the actress gave birth to fraternal twins Vivienne and Knox in Nice, France.

Find out what other celebrities have dealt with twice the diaper duty in Celebuzz’s gallery.

Who is your favorite set of twins? Weigh in below!

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