What do Usher, Demi Lovato, Brittany Howard, The Band Perry and Jussie Smollett all have in common? They are some of the high-profile artists set to perform at the White House Wednesday evening.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are hosting a number of contemporary singers as well as nearly 200 guests Wednesday to honor Ray Charles as part of the “In Performance at the White House” series. The iconic singer, songwriter, composer and musician’s ex-wife and some of his children will also be in attendance.
For those who didn’t score an invite to the event in Washington, D.C., you can watch all the performances on the White House live stream below starting at 7 p.m. EST. If you miss out on the fun or just want to re-live the performances, you can catch it again when PBS airs the program Friday at 9 p.m. EST. The event will also be simulcast on cable channel TV One.
In addition to Usher and Lovato, the evening’s lineup includes Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Anthony Hamilton, Sam Moore and Rickey Minor as executive music director. All the performers will be belting out versions of Charles’ greatest hits, the Washington Post reported.
The day honoring Charles also included a morning event with the First Lady, who hosted a workshop for students about the music of Charles. Select performers from the evening concert talked to middle and high school students about their experiences with music and the entertainment industry, according to the White House.
Wednesday night’s tribute will be the 16th “In Performance” program during Obama’s tenure as president. Other events have honored Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Carole King, as well as such events as Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month.