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Top stars signed up for Obama celebration

President Barack Obama is drawing a list of top performers for his inaugural festivities, including a massive ball expected to draw more than 35,000 revellers.

Katy Perry, Smokey Robinson, Usher, Alicia Keys and Brad Paisley are among the stars announced yesterday to sing at Obama's inaugural balls on January 21 and a children's concert on January 19.

Also signed up are Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and the cast of Glee.

The concert and the two official inaugural balls are being held at the Washington Convention Centre over a holiday weekend when Obama begins his second term.

The performers join Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor, already announced for Obama's swearing-in ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol.

Other event performers include pop-rap foursome Far East Movement, Grammy-nominated pop-rock trio fun., R&B boy band Mindless Behavior, rapper Nick Cannon and youth gospel choir Soul Children of Chicago.

Organisers aren't saying yet which performances will be at which convention centre event.

Smokey Robinson said he's always happy to perform when the president asks because he's so proud of the first family.

"I've been in the White House many, many, many times for many presidents and this is the first time for me that it's really felt like when I go to the White House or something like that, it feels like you're going to your family's," Robinson said.

"It feels like you're going home because that's how they treat me and that's how they treat my wife."

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