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Rihanna to Perform on Obama's Inauguration Night?



International superstar Rihanna may be headlining the RIAA event, which could provide stiff competition for donations and tickets.

Inauguration night is getting more star-studded by the minute. We hear the Recording Industry Association of America is hoping to close a deal with dance-pop sensation Rihanna ("Umbrella" and "Disturbia") to headline the RIAA's Jan. 20 inaugural charity ball at Ibiza nightclub.

Rihanna, the Barbados-born artist whose "Good Girl Gone Bad" album launched her to international stardom, would be stiff competition for the talent headlining some of the other hot unofficial inaugural balls. The Creative Coalition, for example, has wooed Sting and Elvis Costello for its bash, while the Impact Film Fund has all but sealed a deal with Kanye West.

RIAA spokesman Jonathan Lamy declined to confirm the Rihanna buzz. But we're told from sources in the know that the recording industry is in contract talks with her.

To help fund the ball, which will benefit the anti-hunger organization Feeding America, the RIAA is seeking donations of up $200,000.

A solicitation emailed to lobbyists and corporations (which was subsequently forwarded to the Sleuth) listed asking prices of $25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $150,000 and $200,000. The lowest level gets you 10 tickets to the ball and your company's logo on the invitation while giving the top asking price gets you 120 credentials to the ball, top billing with the RIAA on the invitation and prominent signage at the event.

It'll be interesting to see which corporations, if any, go for top billing in this brutal economic environment. But the RIAA's move to team up with a charity organization at least provides some gut-check cover to companies anxious about displays of opulence in such hard times.

As Lamy puts it, the ball is a "charitable event that will raise money for [Feeding America] inaugural night."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  December 16, 2008; 5:21 PM ET
 
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dang... that's like having Marilyn Monroe and Baba Streistand times ten to the power of umbrella. A night to remember... to tell the grand kidniks.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 16, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I can just picture it now -- all those glitzy 'Obama girls' gyrating at inaugural events all over Foggy Bottom! Just imagine if you will, the impending wardrobe malfunctions snapping and sliding at venues throughout Mud Hole City! I tell you, it's enough to boggle even the minds of all those Blagojevich types who make a living and are whooping it up at the expense of the rest of us in the power-greedy capitol of the world! Some things NEVER change.

Posted by: mpwynn | December 17, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

".. it's enough to boggle even the minds of all those Blagojevich types who make a living and are whooping it up at the expense of the rest of us in the power-greedy capitol of the world! Some things NEVER change.
Posted by: mpwynn | December 17, 2008 10:43 AM....
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Who would you have?, Lawrence Welk?

Posted by: JRM2 | December 17, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

The Borgen Project has informative statistics on addressing global poverty.

$30 billion ends world hunger
$550 billion is the US Defense budget

This organization has the ability, resources, and policy-makers to suppress the threat of global poverty by enacting legislation here in the US, which is tied to the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. Please support organizations such as The Borgen Project so that we may rid the world of poverty.

Posted by: atsegga | December 17, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Tell me please, why is this considered newsworthy? Since it's part of the UN-official party circuit, who really cares? I guess it's just a matter of playing the ole tabloid titilation game, eh?

Getting desperate for attention, are we, Ms. Mary Ann?

Posted by: luise1 | December 19, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Is it only me wondering why Rihanna hhhmmm Rihanna out of all the best singers and performaners headlining????????????????? What was these people thinkin on for the girl #1 Can't Sing Live 2# She lacks Energy in her performances #3 Need a real Dance Coach to work with her cause dancing aint her stranght. I like her not goin to lie only because she got style and fashion, She have amazing skin and body. But Out of all the Singers and Performers Rihanna come on ppl. Might as well ask Paris Hilton and her pet dog "Thinka Bell to sing" give me a break

Posted by: tonio_4_u | December 22, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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