After a calm Obama took the oath and the near-hysteric crowds had dispersed, inaugural balls were forming all over the nation's capital. Big names like Kanye, Beyonce, and Sting all sung their praise, literally, to Obama and his wife Michelle as they glided on the dance floors until 2 a.m. this morning. A collection of the balls are below for us all to feel one step closer to the historical evening.
The venerable Jamie Foxx had a few words to say before a plethora of performers including Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, and Beyonce sang a soulful medley.
Kanye nearly stole the show at MTV's Youth Ball in Washington:
Beyonce performed "At Last" for Barack and Michelle's first dance at the Neighborhood Ball in Washington:
Sting performed his song "Brand New Day," accompanied by Stevie Wonder on harmonica:
Other notable performances included Jay-Z, ALicia Keys, Mariah Carey, and Marc Anthony.