While rumors continue to swirl about which artists will play at President-elect Barack Obama's official inaugural ball, it sounds like two of the Illinois senator's biggest hip-hop supporters,
On January 20, D.C.'s Marriott Wardman Park Hotel will hold two American Music events. Luda and Big Boi will co-host the Urban Ball, which is reportedly slated to include appearances from David Banner, Bobby Valentino, Lil Jon, T-Pain, Cedric the Entertainer, the Cheetah Girls, Fantasia and Monica. A number of former NBA players will also reportedly be on hand, including Jalen Rose, Kenny Smith and Alonzo Mourning. Tickets for the ball will run you $350. Spokespeople for Luda and Big Boi could not be reached for comment at press time.
The lineup for the Legends Ball, co-hosted by Dionne Warwick and Yolanda Adams, is slated to feature appearances by Chaka Khan, George Clinton, Kirk Franklin, Harold Melvin & Blue Notes, the Temptations with Dennis Edwards, Isaiah Washington and Reggie Miller. Tickets for this event will cost $450.
Speculation has continued to swirl over which artists will play Obama's official ball, with Shakira's name the latest celebrity in a mix that already included an offer to perform from Beyoncé and a denial from the Obama camp that fellow Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson had been tapped to sing at the ball. One thing is for sure: MTV will be hosting its own "Be the Change Inaugural Ball," co-hosted by ServiceNation, to celebrate the massive youth-voter turnout in this year's presidential election.