Taking the Stage

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381943 04: A flag flies atop the White House November 15, 2000 in Washington, DC as the United States awaits a decision in the presidential elections which have remained unresolved for more than a week. (Photo by Alex Wong/Newsmakers)

Taking the Stage

BET presents a star-studded event filled with special performers and speakers at the White House Celebration.

Published November 1, 2016

  1. Terrence J.
    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Actor Terrence J attends a GQ and Gap celebration of 2014's best new menswear designers in America at Ace Hotel on September 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for GQ)
    (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for GQ)

    Terrence J. hosts this celebratory event that honors the Obamas at the White House.

  2. Regina Hall
    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26:  Actress Regina Hall of "People, Places, Things" poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2015 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

    Regina Hall also hosts this joyful farewell event.

  3. Usher
    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07:  Usher performs at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

    This is not Usher's first go at performing at the White House. He has performed here before — but this time it's for a final performance to celebrate the Obamas!

  4. Jill Scott
    CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 25:  Jill Scott performs during day 2 of the Cincinnati Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium on July 25, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Stephen Cohen/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Stephen Cohen/Getty Images)

    Jill Scott is included in the celebration and will take the stage to perform for the Obamas. Scott has also previously performed for a "Women of Soul" event at the White House.

  5. Common
    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22:  Musician Common performs "Glory" from "Selma"  onstage during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    Like Usher and Jill Scott, this is not Common's first time performing at the White House. Common has been a frequent musical guest of the Obamas.

  6. Bell Biv DeVoe
    WATER MILL, NY - JULY 18:  Michael Bivins; Ronnie DeVoe; Ricky Bell of Bell Biv DeVoe perform on stage at Russell Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary At Annual Art For Life Benefit at Fairview Farms on July 18, 2015 in Water Mill, New York.  (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)
    (Photo: Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation)

    The trio Bell Biv DeVoe will also make an appearance and perform for the Obamas.

  7. Janelle Monáe
    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  Janelle Monae performs at the Clinton Global Citizen Awards during the second day of the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on September 27, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
    (Photo: JP Yim/Getty Images)

    Janelle Monáe will sing as one of the celebrity performers.

  8. Kierra Sheard
    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 03:  Kierra Sheard peforms onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 3, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival)

    Kierra Sheard will belt notes for the celebration during her performance.

  9. michelle williams
    MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 08: Michelle Williams performs during The 2014 Grand Slam Charity Jam at Potawatomi Bingo Casino on March 08, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

    Michelle Williams is another performer who will use her voice to give praise to and honor the Obamas.

  10. Yolanda Adams
    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29:  Singer Yolanda Adams performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)
    (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

    Yolanda will sing soulful notes for the crowd.

  11. De La Soul
    WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - JULY 24:  Kelvin Mercer, Vincent Mason and David Jude Jolicoeur of De La Soul perform on the Open Air Stage on day 1 of the WOMAD Festival at Charlton Park on July 24, 2015 in Wiltshire, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

    De La Soul will be in attendance to perform and bring the house down!

  12. The Roots
    DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MARCH 09:  Questlove (L) and Black Thought of The Roots performs during the Martell Vanguard Experience event at Garden Theater on March 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images for Pernod Ricard)
    (Photo: Scott Legato/Getty Images for Pernod Ricard)

    The Roots are also among the star-studded list of performers for this special day.

  13. Angela Bassett
    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 21:  Actress Angela Bassett poses in the portrait studio during the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 21, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DCP)
    (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DCP)

    Angela Bassett is one of the attendees who will make an appearance and speak at the musical celebration.

  14. Samuel L. Jackson
    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25:  Actor Samuel L. Jackson poses for a portrait during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival held at the Getty Images portrait studio at The Lift on January 25, 2010 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Matt Carr/Getty Images)

    Samuel L. Jackson will take the stage and speak to the crowd during the event. 

  15. Jesse Williams
    HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 21:  Actor Jesse Williams attends the premiere of "The Birth of a Nation" at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on September 21, 2016 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

    Jesse Williams is another major celebrity who will speak in honor of the Obamas.

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Alex Wong/Newsmakers)

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