Decked out in [url id=”http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/01/19/miley-cyrus-inaugural-fashion-misstep/”]a very formal red gown[/url], Miley Cyrus kicked off the [url id=”http://newsroom.mtv.com/2009/01/19/demi-lovato-and-miley-cyrus-rock-out-for-barack-obama/”]”Kids’ Inaugural: We Are the Future”[/url] concert while the future first lady, Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha sat in the audience snapping pictures of the 16-year-old Disney star.
Jamie Foxx, who led a sing-along of “America the Beautiful,” told the crowd, “You are the future. And from what I can see, the future looks good!”
Cyrus returned to the stage in more casual clothes to sing her anti-paparazzi ode “Fly on the Wall” and her hit song “See You Again.” The audience, filled with members of the military and their families, cheered very loudly when Billy Ray Cyrus joined his daughter onstage for “Ready, Set, Don’t Go.”
(Check out photos of Miley, Bow Wow and others from the show.)
George Lopez then took the stage, introducing Pop Week rookie Keke Palmer. Rosario Dawson reiterated to the audience members, “You are the future. Own that,” before introducing [artist id=”3079280″]Demi Lovato[/artist] to the very excited crowd.
Lovato pumped the crowd up with her song “Get Back.” Sporting skinny jeans and a sequined blazer, she told the crowd, “It is a complete honor to be here. You guys are amazing.” She then kicked into her single “La La Land.” Soon after, Joe Biden’s granddaughter Naomi took the stage to introduce “her nana” Jill Biden, who described the vets in the crowd as “true American heroes” before introducing Michelle Obama. The kids in the crowd seemed to have a stronger reaction for Obama than they did for teen queens Demi and Miley.
“You are the future of this great nation,” Michelle Obama told the audience. “We wanted to thank the thousands stationed around the world to keep our nation safe. [We] are so grateful for the service and sacrifice. We join you all … praying for your loved ones.”
Lucy Liu reminded the crowd: “Let’s promise not to forget so many of the young people around the world who share the same hopes and dreams,” before Corbin Bleu came out to do his Michael Jackson-inspired performance.
Queen Latifah introduced some families who got the chance to send love and well-wishes to their relatives currently serving abroad. [artist id=”1219435″]Bow Wow[/artist] sang “Marco Polo,” minus [artist id=”2814953″]Soulja Boy Tell’em[/artist]. Before performing “Thank You,” he asked the fans to raise a cell phone or glow stick to set the mood.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, [artist id=”1270″]Usher[/artist] recited some of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and took a moment to thank the troops for their service.
The last performance of the night was the [artist id=”2088128″]Jonas Brothers[/artist]. The Obama girls smiled ear to ear when the JoBros played a rocked-up version of “Lovebug” and their new single “Tonight.” They definitely took the house down when they sang “Burnin’ Up” as the show’s big finale, during which the Jonases brought Sasha and Malia onstage with them.
“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.