(LIN) â€” Who says inauguration traditions have to be stuffy, boring and ceremonial for young people?
First lady Michelle Obama is putting together a star-studded lineup for the Kidsâ€™ Inaugural Concert Saturday, Jan. 19.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Friday that Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Katy Perry, Usher and Stevie Wonder will be performing at this yearâ€™s Kidsâ€™ Inaugural.
Michelle Obama deemed the first show in 2009 â€śpretty cool.â€ť
The concert was created as a joint effort between Obama and Jill Biden as part of their platforms to celebrate and support military families. In 2009, thousands of children â€“ mostly children from military families â€“ enjoyed music from Miley Cyrus, Bow Wow and the Jonas Brothers.
Obama told attendees in 2009 that young people need to play a part in their countryâ€™s future by volunteering their time helping others. She encouraged children to help out at homeless shelters, visit elderly neighbors and writing letters to troops overseas.
â€śWe all have something incredible to contribute to the life of this nation,â€ť Obama told concert goers in 2009, â€śAnd kids, this means you, too!â€ť
If the first lady shares the same message to young people this year, it will work hand-in-hand with her husbandâ€™s plea to have all Americans participate in a
National Day of Service on Jan. 19 to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
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