LL Cool J, T.I., Akon, Mos Def for Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball

Russell Simmons, MC Lyte will also appear at charity event

LL Cool J, Akon, Mos Def, Young Jeezy and T.I. are among the acts who will celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington D.C. next week.

Russell Simmons, MC Lyte and Dave Chappelle will also attend the event entitled ‘Hip Hop Inaugural Ball’ which will take place at the Harman Center for the Arts in the capital on January 19.

The event is being presented by Simmons, Valeisha Butterfield, Dr. Benjamin Chavis and the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, which is the world’s largest coalition of hip-hop artists and entertainment industry executives.


The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball will raise funds for the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, which will continue its non-profit work for education advocacy and other empowerment programs for young adults throughout the United States.

Tickets for the event are available at hiphopinaugural.org , hsan.org , and globalgrind.com .

As previously reported, Beyonce, Bono and Bruce Springsteen a will perform at this Sunday’s (January 18) official inauguration party. Stevie Wonder, Usher, Shakira, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow and Josh Groban are also on the bill for the gig at Lincoln Memorial. Country superstar Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige and John Legend will also perform at the celebration.

The show will be aired on HBO at 7pm on Sunday via an open feed, according to the Associated Press .

–By our New York staff.

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