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Jason Gregory

10:15 13th January 2009

U2, Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen will all perform at a concert celebrating the inauguration of US president-elect Barack Obama.

The event at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on January 18th will also feature Usher, Stevie Wonder and Mary J Blige.

George Stevens Jr, executive producer of the concert, said all the artists involved had showed enthusiasm to perform.

"On that first day, we asked Springsteen, Bono and Garth Brooks within a period of 45 minutes and got three `yeses'," he told the Associated Press.

Stevens also said that rather than “a showbiz, glitzy occasion”, the concert would be “rooted in history, remembering the great president [Lincoln] who led us through difficult times."

Obama will attend the concert, which is scheduled to take place two days before he is sworn in as America's first black president.

A host of others shows are due to take place throughout the capital to mark the inauguration.

CLICK HERE to see musical supporters of Mr Obama.

Inauguration concert performers

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