White House announces star-studded event to honor Ray Charles

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Singer Demi Lovato, Usher, The Band Perry, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes and Sam Moore of “Soul Man” fame are heading to the White House next week for an event honoring Ray Charles.

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“Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles,” which includes a student workshop and concert, was announced Friday by the White House.

Also among the performers honoring the late “Georgia on My Mind” and “Hit the Road Jack” singer, who died in 2004, are gospel artists Yolanda Adams and Leon Bridges, soul singers Andra Day and Anthony Hamilton and “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.

The Wednesday event, hosted by Michelle ObamaMichelle ObamaMichelle Obama: World's young girls 'hungry to learn' Obama Foundation names architects for presidential library Overnight Tech: Facebook's Sandberg comes to Washington | Senate faces new surveillance fight | Warren enters privacy debate MORE, is the 16th held as part of the “In Performance at the White House” series honoring leaders in the music world.

The concert at the White House will air on Feb. 26 on PBS stations.

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