Top Talent Lined Up for Obama's Inaugural Events

Alicia Keys, shown here performing at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013, is set to be the halftime entertainment at the NBA All-Star game in Houston.

Alicia Keys, shown here performing at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013, is set to be the halftime entertainment at the NBA All-Star game in Houston.

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Inaugural planners said the cut in the number of balls was to reflect tough economic times and minimize the burden on law enforcement, other security personnel and Washington residents. But could it also be an effort to give the president some relief from having to dance to the same song over and over again all across town on an already exhausting day?

President George W. Bush didn't hide his annoyance after his second inaugural at having to repeatedly sashay around to a musical medley that included "I Could Have Danced All Night." Could have, but did not: He and first lady Laura Bush danced for a cumulative total of just 8 minutes, 54 seconds across 10 galas.

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AP music writer Mesfin Fekadu contributed to this report.

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