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A sweet serenade! Jennifer Hudson sings Al Green's Let's Stay Together for President Obama and First Lady Michelle's first dance at Inaugural Ball

They are currently the toast of the entire nation.

And Jennifer Hudson was given the top honour of serenading President Obama and First Lady Michelle at his Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C on Monday night.

The 31-year-old American Idol alum sang Al Green's Let's Stay Together for the couple's first dance.


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Sweet serenade: Jennifer Hudson sang Al Green's Let's Stay Together for President Obama and First Lady Michelle's first dance at the Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C on Monday night Sweet serenade: Jennifer Hudson sang Al Green's Let's Stay Together for President Obama and First Lady Michelle's first dance at the Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C on Monday night

The stunning star looked sensational in a slinky cowl neck black gown and sparkly platform high heels for her performance.

Jennifer's black dress fitted the singer, who lost 80 pounds through Weight Watchers, like a glove, and clung to her curves in all the right places.

She accessorised with large hoop earrings, an oversized cocktail ring and several bejewelled bangles, and wore her hair out in tumbling curls
Slinky: The stunning star looked sensational in a slinky cowl neck black gown and sparkly platform high heels for her performanceSlinky: The stunning star looked sensational in a slinky cowl neck black gown and sparkly platform high heels for her performance


The perfect choice: Jennifer's black dress fitted the singer, who lost 80 pounds through Weight Watchers, perfectly, and clung to her curves in all the right places

The perfect choice: Jennifer's black dress fitted the singer, who lost 80 pounds through Weight Watchers, perfectly, and clung to her curves in all the right places

The perfect choice: Jennifer's black dress fitted the singer, who lost 80 pounds through Weight Watchers, like a glove, and clung to her curves in all the right places


Jennifer sang and watched on as a clearly smitten President and his wife of 20 years kissed as they waltz around onstage.

The President and First Lady attended two inauguration balls at the Washington Convention Center on Monday night.

One was The Inaugural Ball and the other was the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, and many of the performers appeared onstage at both.

Meanwhile, Alicia Keys slipped into a slinky sequined red backless gown as she sat down at her piano to perform.

And she certainly didn't disappoint.
Let's waltz: The President and his wife waltzed away to the sounds of the songstress Let's waltz: The President and his wife waltzed away to the sounds of the songstress

Glittering: Jennifer accessorised with large hoop earrings, an oversized cocktail ring and several bejewelled bangles, and wore her hair out in tumbling curls Glittering: Jennifer accessorised with large hoop earrings, an oversized cocktail ring and several bejewelled bangles, and wore her hair out in tumbling curls

As Alicia did a blazing rendition of her hit song, Girl On Fire.

Belting out the words and hitting the keys on her piano, the stunning star had the audience captivated.

Alicia even altered the lyrics of the song especially for the President, singing that it was indeed Obama who was the one which was on fire.
So in love: The President and his wife danced cheek-to-cheek So in love: The President and his wife danced cheek-to-cheek

May I have this dance? Obama took Michelle by the hand at the beginning of the dance May I have this dance? Obama took Michelle by the hand at the beginning of the dance

The songstress looked glamorous for her appearance onstage, wearing a pair of huge diamond chandelier earrings in her ears and her currently cropped hairstyle expertly coiffed.

As she walked out to deafening cheers, she waved to fans and beamed from ear-to-ear.

With the formal portion of the day over, all that was left for Barack and Michelle was to kick up their heels at the Inauguration Ball to celebrate his second term.

The Obamas appeared on stage at the Washington Convention Center to wild cheering and thunderous applause from thousands of people.
Applause: The couple, along with the rest of the crowd, gave Jennifer a rousing applause Applause: The couple, along with the rest of the crowd, gave Jennifer a rousing applause

First Lady Michelle's choice of dress was finally revealed - a dramatic, red chiffon and velvet gown by Jason Wu. The designer had also created her dress for the 2008 ball.

Obama paid tribute to his wife saying that although he was often criticized as President, 'nobody disputes the quality of the First Lady'.


The Obamas were scheduled to attend two glitzy occasions on Monday evening. That's far fewer than the ten they attended after the 2009 inauguration, though this year's events are still expected to draw up to about 40,000 people.

The President spoke briefly and offered his deep gratitude to the military, saying: 'I have no greater honor than being your commander-in-chief'.
Girl on Fire: Alicia Keys gave a soulful rendition of her hit song Girl On Fire at Obama's Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C on Monday nightGirl on Fire: Alicia Keys gave a soulful rendition of her hit song Girl On Fire at Obama's Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C on Monday night

Alteration: Alicia even altered the words of the song especially for Obama, singing that it was indeed the President who was the one which was on fireAlteration: Alicia even altered the words of the song especially for Obama, singing that it was indeed the President who was the one which was on fire

The First Lady's choice of the same dress designer surprised many as she had returned to Wu, whose career was made by her decision four years ago.


She teamed the red gown with shoes by Jimmy Choo and a diamond ring by Kimberly McDonald.

The Inaugural Ball was entertained by Keys, Black Violin, Brad Paisley, Far East Movement, FUN., members of the Glee cast, John Legend, Katy Perry, Maná, Smokey Robinson, Soundgarden, Stevie Wonder and Usher.

The Commander-In-Chief's ball for members of the Armed Forces was entertained by Keys, Paisley, Chris Cornell, Jamie Foxx, Hudson and Marc Anthony.

The President's second inauguration sees the lowest number of official balls in 60 years.


Obama cut back this year's festivities to two balls and a concert honoring military families as an effort to reduce government spending in line with current economic conditions.
Toast of the town: President Obama and First Lady Michelle greet their adorning fans at the Inaugural BallToast of the town: President Obama and First Lady Michelle greet their adorning fans at the Inaugural Ball
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