What’s Wrong With James Taylor’s Eye?

Singer's appearance on CNN wearing an eye patch before inaugural performance set the Web abuzz.

President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities are bringing out the best in everybody, it seems.

Bruce Springsteen volunteered to perform after Obama’s historic win, as did [artist id="1236911"]Beyoncé[/artist] and [artist id="1022"]U2[/artist]. And James Taylor is set to proceed with his scheduled inauguration performances despite suffering an eye injury.

The Grammy-winning singer told CNN’s Larry King on Saturday night that he was wearing an eye patch because he tripped and fell. Taylor said his wife wanted him to explain his injury by saying he hit a doorknob.

Taylor’s injury set the Web abuzz about exactly what happened. Beginning late Saturday, there were a number of queries on Twitter about the artist, asking why he donned an eye patch for his appearance on CNN.

Some Web sites suggested Taylor’s accessory was a publicity stunt rather than a protective covering for a serious injury.

Early Sunday afternoon (January 18), MTV News saw Taylor at a rehearsal for the big “We Are One” concert. Taylor didn’t speak to any media during the soundcheck.

When Taylor finally appeared for his televised performance, he had opted for sunglasses instead of the eye patch.

MTV News is live-blogging the “We Are One” concert.

“Be the Change: Live From the Inaugural” will air live on MTV on Tuesday, January 20, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. MTV News will have wall-to-wall coverage of the event and of the scenes in Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Kenya in the days leading up to the event and in the days that follow.