Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson and John Legend will perform at “In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement,” which airs on PBS on February 11th. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle will host the Black History Month special from the White House’s East Room. Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah will emcee the event, which will also feature performances by Seal, Natalie Cole, the Blind Boys of Alabama and more artists to be announced soon.
Past “In Performance at the White House” specials have featured Aretha Franklin, Merle Haggard and Stevie Wonder, President Obama’s “musical hero” and the first to be honored by an “In Performance” during Obama’s presidency. As Rolling Stone reported last month, President Obama was on hand to witness the Kennedy Center Honors’ tribute to Bruce Springsteen. Eddie Vedder, Sting, Melissa Etheridge and Ben Harper all performed E Street classics at the Kennedy Honors.
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