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Chris Cornell, Soundgarden Join Obama Inauguration

Cornell to perform at Commander-in-Chief's Ball, band to play Inaugural Ball

Chris Cornell
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January 18, 2013 4:45 PM ET

Chris Cornell and Soundgarden have joined the inauguration celebrations. Cornell will perform with Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Brad Paisley, Jennifer Hudson and Marc Anthony at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball in honor of the armed forces. Then Cornell will join Soundgarden to play the Inaugural Ball with Keys, Paisley, Usher, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Fun. and others.

Q&A: Soundgarden on Their Reunion Album and Musical Legacy

The 57th Presidential Inauguration takes place on January 21st. For more information, visit the Presidential Inauguration Committee's website.

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