Variety reports that the line-up of performers will include Tony Award winner Heather Headley, "Dreamgirls" star Beyonce, Chess in Concert's Josh Groban and former Chicago star Usher as well as U2, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, Garth Brooks, Shakira, John Mellencamp, Renee Fleming, Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, will.i.am, Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles. The invocation will be delivered by Rev. Gene Robinson, and historical passages will be read by Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington.
As previously reported, HBO has won the rights to broadcast the event, which will be attended by both President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden.
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be available free-of-charge not only to HBO subscribers but to anyone whose cable or satellite services carry the channel.