An update from Katelyn, a journalism and theatre double major who is blogging about Inauguration weekend on smudailycampus.com, where this post originally was published:

The Inaugural ball may not start for another few hours, but operations are in full swing here. The Inaugural Ball and the Commander-in-Chief balls, both hosted by President Obama, are taking place at the Washington Convention Center.

Special-effect lighting is in place, and musical sound checks are going on.

Artists set to perform tonight at the two balls include Alicia Keys, Usher, John Legend, Katy Perry, Brad Paisley, Stevie Wonder, and more.

The Commander-in-Chief’s Ball is an invitation-only celebration for members of the Armed Forces. Tickets were free for those attending.

The Inaugural Ball, held downstairs from the Commander-in-Chief Ball, is the only official ball this inaugural year that allows a select number of members of the public.

I will be covering the Inaugural Ball from the press pool.

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